It is reported that the Time Warner Cable brand and programs will disappear from Southeast Nebraska and Lincoln soon. Charter Communications bought both Bright House Networks and Time Warner earlier this year, and they told that they would start transitioning markets to their Spectrum brand soon.
Thomas Rutledge, CEO of Charter Communications said in a conference call that more than forty percent of the markets that are acquired by the company will transition to the Spectrum programming and that the rest of the markets will undergo transition by the first quarter of 2017. Rutledge provided no clues on which of the markets will transform first and the company said that no data is currently available on when the changes will take place.
He also added that Charter is planning to convert all their Time Warner markets to digital branding, and it is expected that the process will finish by the end of 2018. After the company goes digital, there will not be any more analog signals and subscribers will need a converter box for each of the television sets in their home to view the programs. This also means that all the channels available in the network will be High Definition.
From the prices that are displayed in the website of Charter, it seems that they are offering packages and prices that are similar to that offered by Time Warner Cable in Lincoln, although Charter’s standard broadband internet is faster than that of TWC internet. Kinetic TV service from Windstream, is completely digital, as is the Allo Communications’ service. Reports say that these services will be available to the first Lincoln customers in the coming weeks.
Charter acquired Time Warner for sixty billion dollars in May and New Charter became the second biggest provider of broadband services in the US, the first being Comcast. Charter is the third largest pay TV firm offering services to over seventeen million video subscribers.