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Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks will soon carry Redefine Life TV (RLTV), a channel that delivers original content related to healthcare, finance, travel, and lifestyle. The network is currently available in 15 million homes, but the Time Warner/Bright House deal could bring that number up to 25 million when launched this December. RLTV’s call letters originally stood for “Retirement Living,” but the network changed it to “Redefine Life” in an attempt to attract more viewers (not just retirees, or wanna-be retirees for that matter). “Stanley on the Go,” “Danger Zone,” and “Healthline” are a few of the shows RLTV broadcasts. Does this mean another HD channel in the lineup? Unfortunately, from what we can gather RLTV is only broadcast in 480i standard resolution. The network was launched in launched in 2006 by John C. Erickson, CEO and Chairman of Erickson Retirement Communities.
Just when you thought your cable modem was free…
Time Warner Cable has announced the company will start charging most customers a monthly fee for broadband cable-modems. The monthly rate for customers with high-speed internet service will be $3.95, which new customers who have signed up within the last year have already been paying. It’s not clear whether or not Time Warner will offer upgraded modems for older models. However, TWC representatives said customers are welcome to purchase their own modems to bypass the monthly fee. An analyst says the monthly charge will increase TWCs annual revenue by about $300 million. Customers with Connected Learning, SignatureHome, Starter Internet and some IntelligentHome services will not be charged. Approved DOCSIS cable modems range from about $50 to $150 and can be purchased at retailers such as Radio Shack, Best Buy, and Amazon.
If you’re a Time Warner Cable customer with the TV Everywhere service you can now watch FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network live on your iPad, iPhone or iTouch.
Earlier this morning Time Warner Cable weighed in on the recent channel blackouts affecting satellite companies Dish Network and DIRECTV. In the statement, Time Warner says, “we deplore that programmers have once again pulled the plug on television viewers.” Dish lost AMC channels due to higher fees demanded by the network. DIRECTV recently lost 17 Viacom channels in a dispute over fees. Time Warner, the second largest cable provider in the U.S., also declared that “television networks can’t continue to demand huge price increases and expect us to silently pass those cost increases on to our customers.”
The arrival of HBO GO on the Xbox 360 was mostly met with cheers, although Comcast customers were upset when the initial HBO GO launch on the 360 didn’t support their cable providers. Now (after the official launch on Monday), Xfinity subscribers can enjoy the service as well. But what took so long and why are Time Warner subscribers still left in the cold?
Want to watch live TV on your iPhone? If you’re a Time Warner Cable customer you can now do so using a free app that released today. Close to 200 channels are available to watch through the TWC TV app (although availability may vary according to market and your service package). The TWC app also lets you view a 7-day guide, search programming, manage your DVR, and use your iPhone as a remote to tune-in to channels on your TV. See below for full list of networks available.
Time Warner Cable has apparently launched HD Channels for the first time in the Columbus/Eagle Lake areas outside of Houston, Texas. The new high-definition channels number almost ninety, bringing the HD offerings up to speed with other Time Warner Cable market areas. See below for the full list of added HD channels. Thanks Brandon for the tip!
Just in case you missed the news that HBO GO and MAX GO are now available for Time Warner Cable customers, we thought we’d post an addendum to the earlier news of the official launch of the service after a short beta testing period. HBO GO and MAX GO are available for supporting devices via apps, which can be found on the iTunes store and Android Market. However, TWC customers appear disappointed that the service has launched without Roku support. TWC customers are able to log-in and register on the HBO GO and MAX GO websites, but are not able to find support for Roku devices. TWC responded to multiple blog posts indicating the issue is an engineering question, and that any updates would be posted. New HBO and Cinemax customers may have also found they have to wait for access, as the billing might take up to 24 hours to process (and in some cases customers reported 48 hours).
HBO Go is a hot ticket these days, and Time Warner Cable subscribers are not getting left at home. TWC has launched a beta test of the HBO Go and MAX Go services, giving subscribers access to HBO and Cinemax content online. SignatureHome customers were invited via email to try out the services during the beta period which should last for several days. (See below for links to the beta tests.)
Last Sunday Time Warner Cable unexpectedly dropped MSG Network in the New York metropolitan and Buffalo market areas, replacing it with NBA TV. On Monday at 7 a.m., the provider pulled MSG Plus, replacing it with NHL Network. The removal of the channels follows a carriage dispute between TWC and Madison Square Garden Networks — with TWC claiming MSG wants a 53-percent increase in distribution fees.
Time Warner Cable has added a bunch of new On-Demand movies under a category called “Hits of 2011.” Cars 2, Super 8, and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 are among the included titles. All of the movies are available in either SD (Standard Definition) or HD (High Definition) resolution. Just select the “By Genre” option on Time Warner’s “Movie On Demand” channel to find the movies listed below. The category will be available through Jan. 9, 2012. Prices depend on movie and video resolution you choose. TWC also has a selection of On-Demand titles for $2.99 each.
If you’re a Time Warner Cable subscriber in Dallas, TX you’ll be happy to know the company added 20 new HD channels their lineup. E! HD, Bloomberg Television HD, Oxygen HD, OWN HD, FOX Deportes HD, IFC HD, and several Showtime movie channels in HD are included in the rollout. A few of the channels come with standard HD service (you’ll obviously need an HD set-top box), while access to the rest depends on your service package. (See graphic below for more info.) The additions bring TWC’s total HD channel options to 135 in the area.
Time Warner Cable has launched five new HD channels for customers in the North Carolina and South Carolina areas. The new high definition channels rolled out on November 3 and are available at no extra charge to digital subscribers. Among the bunch are The Weather Channel HD, G4 HD, Cooking Channel HD, DIY HD, an FEARnet HD. For a breakdown of channel listings please see below. Time Warner Cable says they now offer over 160 HD channels in North Carolina and South Carolina markets.
Here’s a list of some new movies available in HD from Time Warner’s video On Demand Library. Among the new films added are “Zookeeper” with Kevin James and Rosario Dawson, Terence Malick’s complex film “The Tree Of Life,” and Universal’s “Fast Five” in both theatrical and edited versions. Pricing of On Demand movies depends on the title, so check price on your screen before ordering. TWC also has a bunch of On Demand titles (in SD) for $2.99.
Time Warner Cable is now offering Gnomeo and Juliet in 3D On Demand.
Time Warner Cable is now offering 175 HD channels in the New York City area, that according to the company and Broadcasting & Cable who broke the news yesterday. New TWC hi-def channels include Bloomberg HD, ESPN Deportes HD, FEARnet HD, Fox Deportes HD, GMC HD, Lifetime HD, Oprah Winfrey Network HD, Oxygen HD, and WGN America HD.
Bloomberg TV is now available in High Definition (HD) quality for Time Warner Cable customers, but only in select markets. So far, Bloomberg HD is only available on channel 730 in New York City, channel 708 in Mount Vernon, channel 714 in New Jersey, and channel 717 in Hudson Valley. But the hi-def channel, according to Bloomberg, will expand to other major U.S. markets throughout the rest of the year. Bloomberg Television is currently available in 270 million homes worldwide.
FEARnet announced they have signed long-term deals with Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS, as well as signing a linear carriage deal with Comcast. The expansion has put FEARnet HD on Comcast channel 1865 in Philadelphia, nationwide on Verizon FiOS channel 197, and will bring FEARnet HD to Time Warner Cable subscribers on May 11.
If you subscribe to Time Warner Cable you’ll be able to watch several titles from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) via Time Warner’s On Demand service. The movies are offered free this month on TWC’s Free Movies On Demand channel, celebrating this year’s Classic Film Festival. Classic titles from TCM include Bye Bye Birdie, The Westerner, and From Here to Eternity (see full list below). You need to have TWC’s digital service to watch the movies On Demand.
Time Warner Cable added 7 new HD channels in the states of North and South Carolina this week, making their total high-definition channel count just over 130. T