Time Warner will switch to Charter by early next year

The Time Warner Cable brand and programming will disappear from Lincoln and southeast Nebraska by next summer at the latest.

Charter Communications, which bought both Time Warner and Bright House Networks earlier this year, said earlier this month that it will start transitioning markets later this year to its Spectrum brand and complete the transition by June.

Charter CEO Thomas Rutledge, in a conference call with financial analysts on Aug. 9, said more than 40 percent of the markets the company acquired will transition to Charter’s Spectrum programming and packaging, and the rest of the markets will transition in the first half of 2017.

Rutledge gave no hint as to what markets will transition first, and the company said no information was available on when changes will come to Lincoln.

He also said the company will start transitioning Time Warner Cable business products to the Spectrum brand early next year.

Charter also has plans to convert all Time Warner Cable markets to digital starting next year. That process will take until the end of 2018, Rutledge said.

Once the company goes all digital, there will be no more analog channels and customers will have to have a converter box for each TV in their home. It also means all channels will be in high definition.

Read full story at http://journalstar.com/business/local/time-warner-will-switch-to-charter-by-early-next-year/article_b8f24899-1343-5889-af28-8c6bc19f962b.html

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