Time Warner Cable’s new channel lineup went into effect Tuesday for most of Western New York and will reach everyone by Thursday.
What may initially seem like channel scramble is the cable provider’s new theme-based digital lineup.
The lineup groups channels into themes such as “Entertainment,” “News & Info,” “Sports,” “Music,” “Kids & Teens” and “Premiums.” The cable provider is calling the new lineup more intuitive and says it simplifies locating programs and discovering new content.
The changes apply only to channels 100 and higher. Channels that are part of the “Time Warner Cable TV package” that some customers buy will not change.
Since the beginning of the year, Time Warner been shaking up channel lineups across the state. New lineups have been rolled out in Albany, Rochester and Binghamton. And the reception in those cities has been positive, said Scott Pryzwansky, a Time Warner spokesman.
“The reception has been fantastic,” he said. “Typically, people don’t watch a certain channel as much as a certain program. By grouping together channels that offer similar content and theme, navigation is simpler and easier.”
Settings for parental control and DVR will not be affected with the changes. They’ll automatically transfer, avoiding loss of recorded programs.
On Demand shows will be on channels 1000 and above, under categories such as “Primetime On Demand,” “Entertainment On Demand,” “Kids On Demand” and “Music On Demand.”
In addition to the changes, the cable provider is introducing “AutoHD,” a feature that automatically takes customers with high-definition cable boxes to the high-definition channel even if they’ve selected the standard definition.
For a breakdown of the changes and to read News TV Critic Alan Pergament’s winners and losers, go to: blogs.buffalonews.com/talkintv.