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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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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Insight Adds More Video On Demand

Insight cable has added more video on demand programs, free HDTV movies and music channels for digital customers.

The new "Digital 3.2" service – the second digital upgrade in three months -- provides free HDTV movies from the Sundance Channel and FEARnet and more music channels. Insight has replaced Music Choice (48 channels) with Urge, a MTV Networks digital music service with 56 channels, including music from Nick Kids and Noggin.

"Digital 3.2" service automatically is available at no extra cost to current digital customers, says John Dobken, Insight Communications spokesman. Starz subscribers also will find more movies on demand, he says.

"Digital 3.2" increases Insight's HDTV on demand content from 40 to 90 hours, he says. Northern Kentucky’s major cable company also has added about 125 hours of standard definition on demand programming, he says. A guide to free on demand programming can be found listed on the Channel 99 "free spot."

Insight's "Digital 3.0" upgrade in December gave viewers access to video on demand from 19 channels.


at 3/04/2008 10:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

those music channels are a waste of space. who listens to the radio on tv? I would rather insight focus on delivering more HD content than adding channels no one will use - which is about all of them above channel 200.

at 3/04/2008 11:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have Insight and I'm really ticked off that they got rid of Music Choice. They said all of your favorites would be there with some new music channels as well. The upgrade came and the channel I listened to the most, Arena Rock, was not replaced with a similiar channel. Instead there is only one classic rock channel now called Reunion. It stinks! I've only listened to it maybe 5 times and I've heard David Bowie's "Space Oddity" 4 times. Loverboy's "Turn Me Loose" 3 times. C'mon! They also played a Stevie Wonder song on it too. When did he become When I called Insight to complain they told me Music Choice had been bought by Urge. I don't believe that's true. By the way, Urge has 2 different Reggae channels! Huh? What a joke! As soon as I saw MTV's name attached I should've known it would suck. I want my Hair Metal(Arena Rock) channel back!!!

at 3/04/2008 3:07 PM Blogger Brian said...

I have to agree on the paucity of the new Urge music channels. I loved Music Choice's selections. The channel titles weren't vague, ambiguous titles like they are now. Heck, they even have a channel dedicated to covers. Covers? What?

MTV... destroying music since 1981.

at 3/04/2008 7:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that the channel names on Urge are stuppid. Please, Insight, bring back Music Choice! The audio on the Urge channels is low, there's aobut 10 seconds of silence between each song and the selection is actually worse with more channels to choose from with Urge. I miss the Arena Rock channel as well. I tried to listen to the Classic Rock Reunion channel and don't like going from The Animals to Dio to Joe Cocker. This was a really stupid move on Insight's part and I hope they correct it soon!

at 3/05/2008 4:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone listening to music channels on television needs more help than Insight can offer. of course thing could always be better, but after suffering through time warner (rabbit ears are better than that s%^t)i love Insight. keep up the good work.

at 3/05/2008 10:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an idiotic comment! Just because you don't listen to it doesn't mean I need help because I do. I liked to tune in to Music Choice on Insight while I was cleaning the house, working out on the treadmill, or just bumming around in general. To get back to the thread, notice I said Music Choice. This Urge nonsense they switched to stinks. The music is lame, the channel names are stupid and confusing and being a child of the 80's I also miss the Arena Rock channel.

at 3/05/2008 2:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that this new music service stinks! I'm going to call them and voice my displeasure. Like the above poster said, MTV sucks, go do your reality shows and leave the music to other people.

at 3/10/2008 11:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The christian music channels are so bad now. You posted that our channels would not be affected, but you were just adding new ones. well you did change them and they are awful, if I wanted to listen to rap all day, I would go to mtv, I want the real christian music back!! That was a huge reason for getting cable was for the christian music channels. Our youth groups love to learn the new songs, and it was great seeing the artist and album names.

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