Digital equipment for all TVs required beginning in April
Fort Worth, TX – Charter is more than doubling its high definition (HD) channel lineup for customers in Fort Worth and surrounding communities as part of a $40 million all-digital upgrade to its North Texas network.
Customers in Fort Worth will soon enjoy 83 additional HD channels as a result of the largest HD launch in Charter’s history. Park Cities customers will have 91 new HD channels available.
In all, customers in more than 40 North Texas communities will soon find a total of 141 HD channels on their improved Charter television lineup.
Plus, Charter is increasing its Video On Demand (VOD) offering to a total of more than 12,000 VOD options, including 2,500 HD titles and new Spanish-language selections.
These improvements are made possible by the removal of analog signals from Charter’s network in favor of an all-digital system, but customers must take action to ensure they continue receiving Charter programming on all of their televisions.
Customers not currently equipped with Charter-issued digital set-top boxes or CableCards must acquire them for each of their TVs; and Charter is making it easy for customers to obtain digital boxes at no cost. Customers may visit www.charter.com/digitalnow or call 1-888-GET CHARTER (1-888-438-2427) for more information.
“Analog is an outdated, inefficient technology,” said John Owen, Charter’s regional vice president in Fort Worth. “In the bandwidth or channel space previously needed for providing just one analog channel, we can now provide multiple standard definition digital channels or HD channels. An all-digital network offers the best opportunity to maximize value for our customers.”
More than 96 percent of Charter’s Texas customers now have some form of digital television equipment in their homes, clearing the way for Charter to begin removing analog signals from its Texas system.
Customers in Weatherford and Cleburne will be among the first to experience the all-digital difference beginning in April, followed by those in Granbury, Azle, Fort Worth, Highland Park and University Park. The project is scheduled to conclude in mid-June.
Charter’s new all-digital system will provide improved picture quality and sound for video customers. It will also deliver faster Internet speeds for data customers in the future.
“Charter is beginning a period of significant new investment in Texas with our all-digital effort,” Owen added. “We’re adding many more HD channels and On Demand titles, but we’re also making improvements to our network and customer service. We’re replacing hundreds of miles of aging cable, while providing enhanced training programs for our technicians and customer service representatives. It’s a new day in Texas for Charter and our customers.”
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