"Time Warner Cable is planning major upgrades to its Los Angeles and New York operations," reports our good friend Joe Flint in the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.
The story reports: "The cable giant, which is resisting a takeover attempt by Charter Communications, said Thursday [Jan. 30, 2014] it will be substantially boosting Internet speeds and its video-on-demand platforms. The improvements in Time Warner Cable’s two biggest markets are part of an overall three-year plan to upgrade its systems across the nation."
The story explains that Time Warner "officials said the company is converting its network in Southern California to all-digital, which means any customers that have no cable box and connect directly to a wall outlet will need to get a set-top adapter to receive TV service. The move, Time Warner Cable said, allows for more bandwidth that can then be redeployed for faster broadband.
"The pay-TV distributor said it is also going to make its video-on-demand platform easier to navigate and will boost its library of content to about 75,000 hours of product. Time Warner Cable will also start to offer advanced set-top boxes that can record up to six channels at the same time, officials said. Currently, most customers can only record two channels at the same time."
The story also says: "In Southern California, the first two areas to be overhauled are to be West Hollywood and Costa Mesa."
We urge any Time Warner Cable subscribers, in New York City and Los Angeles especially, both to click on our link to the story in our first paragraph, above, and to click here to read Time Warner Cable’s official press release about the upgrades.