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Time Warner finally cleans up the channel lineup

Time Warner Cable in the Charlotte, NC area is finally addressing one of my biggest pet peeves with their service:  the organization of their channel lineup. 

If you live in the area then you probably received a letter in the mail with a flyer showing the new lineup that starts on March 30, 2010.  Click the image below for a PDF copy of the new lineup.

new time warner lineup

This annoyed me so much that I could not wait for Time Warner and used the features within Media Center to organize the channels in a way that made sense for me.  Click the image below to see what my custom line-up looks like:

lineup

The ironic part of it is that Time Warner’s new lineup looks a lot like mine.  Almost as if they sneaked a copy of my lineup.  For example, let’s look at my “Family” group versus the new “Kids & Family”:

Family Kids & Family
50 ABC Family HD 200 Disney Channel East (HD – 1200)
51 Disney Channel HD 201 Disney Channel West
52 Disney Chanel West 202 Disney XD
53 Disney XD 205 Nickelodeon
54 Cartoon Network HD 206 Nick Jr
55 Boomerang 207 Nicktoons
56 Nickelodeon 208 TeenNick
57 Nicktoons 210 PBS Kids Sprout
58 Nick Jr 211 Discovery Kids
59 UNC Kids 213 Cartoon Network (HD – 1213)
60 PBS Kids Sprout 214 Boomerang
61 Discovery Kids 215 ABC Family (HD – 1215)
62 TeenNick 216 TV Land
63 TV Land 218 Hallmark Channel
64 Hallmark Channel 221 Family Network
65 FamilyNet 222 American Life TV

As you can see the channel lineups are almost the same except they have more gaps in their numbering.  Also they still have channels in the guide multiple times such as Disney Channel which stays in the non digital tier at 54 and is also at 200 in standard definition grouped with the other Family channels and is also at 1200 in HD.  On my customized lineup Disney Channel shows up once at 51 and in the best quality available.  The channel shows up on all my TV’s regardless of if they are HD or not (I still have on SD set left in the house).

Based on the new grouping I will definitely have less work to do to get my lineup the way I want but I still cannot use their lineup by default.  At the very least I need to remove the duplicates and replace all the SD version of channels with the HD counterpart but that’s pretty much it.  I really do not need to reorder or renumber the channels.

The only thing I am worried about now is that Zap2It updates my guide data correctly and on time so that I do not miss any recordings.  We will see what happens.

Time Warner Adds 10 HD Channels

Time Warner just added 10 HD channels yesterday.  You will need cable card and an SDV tuning adapter to get the new channels.  Zap2It has only updated their guide with the new HBO HD channels so you have to wait until they add they other ones before they start showing up in your guide.  I have verified that the channels are working under the TV diagnostics.

From Time Warner:

New HD Channels!

Time Warner Cable is adding 10 more HD channels to the lineup on November 23rd – just in time for the holidays!

  • HBO Signature HD
  • HBO Family HD
  • HBO Comedy HD
  • HBO Zone HD
  • HBO Latino HD
  • ActionMax HD
  • Showtime Too HD
  • Cartoon Network HD
  • We HD
  • IFC HD

Time Warner Adds HD Channels

Time Warner Cable added 7 HD channels to their lineup in the Charlotte, NC area today with plans to add 10 more in a month’s time.

October 28, 2009: The following channels were added:

  • HBO2 HD – Channel 312 (requires subscription to HBO)
  • BBC America HD – Channel 219 (Digital Basic)
  • Headline News HD – Channel 272 (Basic Cable plus HD converter)
  • Investigation Discovery HD – Channel 274 (Digital Basic)
  • MSNBC HD – Channel 273 (Basic Cable plus HD converter)
  • truTV HD – Channel 275 (Basic Cable plus HD converter)
  • TCM HD – Channel 218 (Basic Cable plus HD converter)

November 24, 2009: The following channels will be added:

  • HBO Signature HD – Channel 313 (requires subscription to HBO)
  • HBO Family HD – Channel 314 (requires subscription to HBO)
  • HBO Comedy HD – Channel 315 (requires subscription to HBO) 
  • HBO Zone HD – Channel 316 (requires subscription to HBO)
  • HBO Latino HD – Channel 549 (requires subscription to HBO)
  • Showtime Too HD – Channel 388 (requires subscription to Showtime)
  • Action Max HD – Channel 335 (requires subscription to Cinemax)
  • Cartoon Network HD – Channel 296 (Basic Cable plus HD converter)
  • We HD – Channel 297 (Basic Cable plus HD converter)
  • IFC HD – Channel 395 (Movie Tier/Premium)

CaptureI have been able to test that the channels come in fine with the tuning adapters by using the Digital Tuner Diagnostics utility in Media Center.  Now I just need Zap2It to update their website so I can get the channels in my guide.

The information on channel lineup changes is on a support page off of the Time Warner Cable website (Support > Digital Cable Support > Channel Change Information).  This is my direct link: http://www.timewarnercable.com/Carolinas/support/policies/channelchange.html