Weatherford residents who subscribe to Charter Communications for their television service will be seeing some major changes in the near future, but they’ll need the right equipment to get the big picture.Beginning in April, the cable giant will begin transitioning from its analog system to a all-digital upgrade which will more than doubling its high definition (HD) channel lineup for its customers. The move to make this happen across North Texas will begin in Weatherford and Cleburne. Fort Worth and surrounding communities are considered part of the $40 million all-digital upgrade as well."Analog is an outdated, inefficient technology," John Owen, Charter’s regional vice president in Fort Worth, said in a news release.. "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."Anderson said that [Charter] fully recognized they had some catching up to do with other providers in the area.“What we want to do is to reclaim that analog space in our band width and take that space and implement more HD channels, more video on demand; it just opens up that space to a whole lot more,” Anderson said.All total, Charter is expected to add more than 80 additional HD channels plus increase its Video On Demand (VOD) offering to more than 12,000 VOD options, including 2,500 HD titles and new Spanish language selections.“Ultimately this allows us to deliver a much better value to our customers,” Anderson said. “What folks will have to notice is once we have taken the analog system away you will no longer be able to plug a cable from the wall directly into the back of your television set.”He said instead customers will need a box which they can receive at no charge. Customers not currently equipped with Charter-issued digital set-top boxes or CableCards must acquire them for each of their televisions and can do so by visiting the company website: www. charter.com/digitalnow or by calling 1-888-GETCHARTER (1-888-438-2427) for more information.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.Following Weatherford and Cleburne in the transition will be the cities of Granbury, Azle, Fort Worth, Highland Park and University Park. The project is scheduled to conclude in mid-June."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."
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102 Twitter: @LanceWinter