updated 03:03 pm EST, Thu January 30, 2014
Analog TV switch-off to free up bandwidth for faster connections
Time Warner Cable is planning to improve its Internet and paid television service in Los Angeles and New York under a new initiative, the cable company has revealed. Under the name "TWC Maxx," the company hopes to provide faster Internet speeds, a new TV experience, and a more reliable network, with work on the upgrades expected to start later this year.
The cable provider will be upgrading its network hubs in the two cities, reports Engadget, with the first four hubs to see improvements said to be in West Hollywood, Costa Mesa, Woodside in Queens, and Staten Island. At the same time, it will convert its network in Los Angeles to "all-digital" by removing all remaining analog TV channels, something it has already performed in New York City, with the intention of using the freed-up bandwidth for faster broadband and other services.
Internet customers will see changes to their speeds on every level, with those on the Everyday Low Price plan's current 2 Mbit downstream, 1 Mbit upstream getting a downstream boost to 3 Mbit. Similar upgrades are planned across the board, with Ultimate plan users seeing their downstream increasing from 50 Mbit to 300 Mbit, and the upstream from 5 Mbit to 20 Mbit. Customers on Standard and above tiers will receive "latest generation modems," with Turbo and higher tiers receiving Advanced Wireless Gateways. The free public Wi-Fi in both markets will also be expanded.
TWC broadband speed increases
Television services will be updated with a simplified navigation, more program information, a new On Demand portal, and improved search, with its On Demand library set to increase to nearly 75,000 hours of content. A new set-top box will be offered in the markets, capable of recording 12 times the content as current versions, and able to watch and record programs on six different channels at the same time.