Four new high-definition channels went live on Time Warner Cable this morning. Sorry Olympic fans... not those channels.
After receiving an anonymous report of a handful of NBC Universal channels including USA Network and SciFi coming to the lineup on July 29th, the crop of four that was announced in a recent TWC e-mail to customers turned out to be the correct ones.
You can now view CNN HD (731), Fox News Channel HD (745), Science Channel HD (772), and Hallmark Movie Channel HD (774) on your high-definition receiver as of today. As of this writing, Time Warner had not yet updated their online channel listings. We experienced issues with missing guide listings for Science Channel and audio sync on Fox News Channel this morning.
After hearing of the impending addition of channels, we had gotten questions on whether Science Channel HD would be available to all customers, or just those who subscribe to its SD counterpart. In Northeast Wisconsin, Science Channel appears in the digital cable lineup, so basic/standard customers with a cable box don't receive it. As of this morning, I was able to tune the channel successfully and I am only a basic/standard subscriber. This is likely a result of their "Home of Free HD" marketing campaign, so one would hope we would keep this channel for the foreseeable future.
There is no word on whether the previously rumored NBC Universal HD channels will be added in future, if at all.