Starting next week, Time Warner Cable digital customers across the Piedmont will have to learn all new channel numbers to watch their favorite shows.
The new digital channel lineup announced earlier this year will take effect next week. The new lineup will be sent out in two phases. Greensboro, High Point and eastern parts of the Triad will begin March 4. Winston-Salem and western parts of the TWC market will start March 6.
TWC said that it will be changing the channel numbers and grouping channels by category. With the change, for instance, such entertainment channels as A&E, Comedy Central and BBC America will be put together in the 100s.
News channels such as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC will be in the 200s. The local broadcast channels will move from the 100 block to the 1200 block, but will also still be available in the lower tier on channels 2 to 16.
WGHP will move to digital cable channel 1206. WGHP 8.2 will move to channel 1250.
WGHP will also still be on channel 10 on cable. The standard tier of channels from 1 to 99 will remain the same, and will continue to differ from one market to another.
There will no longer be separate standard-definition and high-definition tiers; with the new lineup, customers with an HD digital box will automatically get a high-definition feed of a channel if it’s available. That had previously been an option for some channels, but will now cover all channels. That includes the lower tier channels, too; for instance, if you tune in to WGHP on channel 10, you will get the HD version.
“If your box is an HD-ready box, this lineup will deliver the best available picture to you,” Pryzwansky said.
MTV will no longer be considered a music channel, since it now largely includes other forms of programming such as “Teen Wolf” and “Teen Mom.” It will be in the entertainment group.
The last time the lineup was changed this significantly was in 2010; that change was also intended to make sure similar channels were grouped, as well as create a Common Digital Lineup where customers could more easily find their favorite channels when they were visiting other TWC markets in the Carolinas.
“Even more so than they are now, and in order to simplify and streamline the lineup for our customers, this new theme-based lineup will allow it to be more intuitive,” said Scott Pryzwansky, a spokesman for TWC.
The change is taking place in all TWC markets in the U.S.
“If you turn on channel 103 (TNT) in Winston-Salem in March, then go to 103 in Buffalo, it’ll be the exact same,” Pryzwansky said. “It will be consistent across our entire footprint.”
Parental controls, DVR settings to record programs and other personalized features are supposed to transfer automatically, though Pryzwansky suggested that viewers review scheduled recordings after the change.