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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 4:39 pm

During the month, Charter will be making some changes for Waterloo customers.

Charter is beginning to remove the analog format of select channels from the channel lineup. More than 85 percent of Charter’s customers already have digital televisions or use digital equipment to view their favorite channels.

Television technology has transitioned from low-tech analog to a digital format. Along with certain analog channels, Charter currently delivers all other channels in digital and many in high definition. With more than 100 channels currently provided in high-definition, digital and high definition programming has become the standard for television viewing.

On or after Jan. 29, the analog version of several channels will be removed and provided exclusively in digital, requiring customers to use digital equipment to view the channels.

The basic channels (digital only) include WPXE-ION, Channel 16; WHA-PBS, Channel 11; WVCY-IND, Channel 24; Charter Media, Channel 20; CSPAN, Channel 15; Home Shopping Network, Channel 21; and QVC, Channel 4.

The expanded basic (digital only) channels will include BTN, Channel 50; NBC Sports Network, Channel 31; Style, Channel 41; CNBC, Channel 67; VH-1, Channel 39; CMT, Channel 32; Travel Channel, Channel 46; HLN, Channel 65; Spike TV, Channel 34; E!, Channel 58; Bravo East, Channel 63; and MSNBC, Channel 68.

A Charter digital receiver, a CableCARD device or digital television with QAM tuner will be needed for each television to continue receiving these channels. Certain channel on basic and expanded basic will remain in analog for customers without a digital television or digital equipment.

To make a smooth transition from analog, Charter is providing digital equipment free to customers for a specified period of time. These offers will vary based on customer’s current level of service.

Applicable standard equipment rate card pricing will apply upon expiration of those offers.

The benefits of providing channel in digital include more digital and high definition program choices than before; sharp digital programming in standard or high definition; more than 10,0000 OnDemand options; more than 1,500 high definition OnDemand titles; parental control for inappropriate programs for children; and pay per-view options for first time movie releases, special sporting events and concerts.

For more information, contact Tim Vowell at 608-288-6823.

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