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John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV


Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Time Warner Adds HGTV-HD and Food-HD

Time Warner Cable today added two more high-definition channels: HGTV-HD (Channel 982) and Food Network HD (Channel 981) from Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps. The new channels will be part of the "HD standard tier," and "available at no additional charge to all Time Warner Cable customers who subscribe to standard service or above and have a high definition television and high definition converter," says Karen Baxter, local Time Warner public affairs director.

On Wednesday, Time Warner added TBS-HD in time for the Major League Baseball playoffs on TBS. That wasn't a big surprise, considering that Time Warner owns TBS and Turner Broadcasting.

With HGTV and Food, TWC offers 23 HDTV channels.

Hey dish owners, how does TWC's 23 HDTV channels compare to what you get?






18 Comments:

at 10/05/2007 12:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think there is even a comparison to what DirecTv offers and looks to offer. This link says it all!

http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/contentPageNR.jsp?assetId=P4360044

 
at 10/05/2007 1:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

They may have 23 total, but how many are available to subscribers who don't pick up premium channels or the HDTV tier? By my count, it's only 14, which is a very poor total. I just subscribed to NHL Center Ice package, and none of those games are being carried in HD. That's almost criminal. My enjoyment of a $2,000 HDTV is being limited by Time Warner's poor product. Time Warner needs to do a much better job with HD to keep people like me from switching to satellite.

 
at 10/05/2007 1:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this addition in Cincinnati only or does that apply to the Amelia (ex-Adelphia) system as well?

 
at 10/05/2007 1:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

DirecTV - This is it as of today.. There are also a bunch more announced that will be carried when the actual channel launches and a few like HGTV and FOOD that should be up soon

A & E HD
Animal Planet HD
Big Ten HD
CNN HD
Discovery HD
ESPN HD
ESPN2 HD
HBO HD East
History Channel HD
HD Theater (was Discovery HD Theater)
HDNet
HDNet Movies
Learning Channel HD (TLC HD)
Movie Channel HD
NFL Network HD
Science Channel HD
SHO Too HD
Showtime HD
Showtime HD West
Smithsonian HD
Starz Comedy HD
Starz HD East
Starz HD West
Starz Edge HD
Starz Kids and Family
TBS HD
TNT HD
Universal HD
Versus HD / Golf Channel HD
Weather Channel HD
MTV HD
USA Network
SciFi Channel
Bravo
HBO West
Cinemax East
Cinemax West
YES HD
NESN HD
SportsNet New York HD
Comcast SportsNet
Comcast Chicago HD
NFL Sunday Ticket (Number of Channels depends on what CBS and FOX feed out in HD on sundays. Right now FOX does 6 or 7 and CBD does 5)

 
at 10/05/2007 2:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I literally had Dish network installed three hours ago and I'm watching HD at home for first time. I was stunned/saddened to learn Dish doesn't carry ABC, NBC, CBS or FOX in HD -- local or national. They said I had to get an HD antenna. So, I feel a bit ripped off already because I was left with impression at ordering that they would be on there. Now I'm locked in for 18 months. Any ideas?

 
at 10/05/2007 3:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Depending on where you live Anon 2:22, you could try a regular set of rabbit ear antenna's or even a set top antenna that cost around $20-$30 at Wal-mart. You should then be able to hook that antenna up into the Dish Network HD receiver and be able to get all the local channels. My parents also have Dish and have had no problems getting the local HD channels, via an antenna and it works through their DISH receiver, just like any other channel. You can't tell a difference. DirecTV is also the same way, as the local channels are not available through the satellite just yet. Hope that helps!

 
at 10/05/2007 4:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get an outdoor antenna and get your local stations in HD for FREE.

 
at 10/05/2007 9:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

annon,

I too have Dish HD with an over the air antenna. Actually quality on ota is better though its alot like having rabbit ears in adjusting the direction of the antenna (if you have an internal antenna, external probably is best. email me virtualmassmedia@aol.com and I'll let you know where to find some inexpensive ones.

Right now Dish is still slightly ahead of DirecTV though we will see some real competiotn there.

 
at 10/06/2007 1:08 PM Anonymous Alan said...

at 10/05/2007 2:22 PM Anonymous said...
I literally had Dish network installed three hours ago and I'm watching . Any ideas?

To the above poster: buy and antenna and mount it yourself. They are small and you'll be very happy with the quality. There's a link below to what I would recommend.
http://www.hdtvantennalabs.com/reviews/AntennasDirect-DB2-reviews.html

Good Luck!

 
at 10/06/2007 5:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 2:22

Do not go out and buy a HD antenna. Set top rabbit ears will do the job depending on where you live. With HDTV being digital, you either get the signal or you don't. Don't go out and buy something with HD in the name and pay all that money.

If rabbit ears don't do it inside, then a basic exterior antenna will work. Over-the-air is the best possible way to get an HD signal, no compression at all. Full glorious HD.

 
at 10/06/2007 8:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya, I have an idea for you, put up an antenna! You get both Cincinnati and Dayton markets. This will give you a back-up and on Sunday's, different NFL games.

 
at 10/07/2007 10:19 AM Blogger Mark said...

Try http://www.dbstalk.com/index.php?

There are probably others that share your experience re: no HD locals when you were led to believe they would be there.

Also, all you probably need is a regular $10 or $15 indoor tv antenna (assuming you live in the Tri-State and don't have huge trees, buildings, etc nearby). The "HDTV" stuff is mainly marketing.

 
at 10/07/2007 10:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiese, do you know if Time Warner is picking up the new Fox Business
Channel.

 
at 10/07/2007 10:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic,
but Kiese,
Did you ever happen to find out where Dayna Eubanks went/where she's at/what she's doing now?

Since she's been gone for about 2 weeks or so, I thought you might know by now.

Thanks

 
at 10/07/2007 10:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any update on Time Warner picking up The NFL Network?

 
at 10/07/2007 11:06 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

To my Anonymous Friends:
Nothing new on TWC & NFL, or Dayna Eubanks.

 
at 10/10/2007 10:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not certain if they are talking about the Cincinnati area, but I saw an article on tvpredictions.com stating October 15th Time Warner will be adding A&E HD, MTV HD, History Channel HD, and Golf Channel HD. I know the Cincy office recently added TBS HD, HGTV HD and Food Network HD. Anyone hear anything?

 
at 10/14/2007 10:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time Warner to Add A&E HD
The channel will be added in select cities on January 1.
By Phillip Swann
Washington, D.C. (December 18, 2006) -- Time Warner has announced that it's adding A&E HD to its lineup in select markets on January 1.

At the same time, the cable operator will add MHD, the High-Definition TV channel from MTV.

The additional channels may not be available in every Time Warner market -- at least not right away. TW announced on Friday that A&E HD would be added in Buffalo, according to BizJournals.com.

A&E HD, a simulcast of the network's basic channel, offers a variety of programming including repeats of HBO's The Sopranos. The high-def channel, which launched over the Labor Day weekend, earlier nabbed a carriage agreement with Cox Cable.

Theres your article would be nice but with twc i dont believe til i watch it and hey kiese what is 19 going to do with 19.2 since the tubetv is gone? or anyone else know

 
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