Hudson -- Time Warner Cable is making some changes to its local public access basic cable channels which will affect viewers of Hudson Cable Television starting May 6.
Kerry W. Paluscsak, HCTV station manager explained the changes during the April 28 Board of Education meeting in the high school media center.
Customers who have a direct connection cable -- that means from pole to television -- will need to re-scan their televisions, according to Paluscsak. After the scan, viewers should find HCTV channels on: 96.15, 96.16 and 96.17, Paluscsak said.
Customers who have a "set top box" and already receive digital cable service from Time Warner Cable will find HCTV on channels 966, 967 and 968, according to Paluscsak.
Television sets with older tuners, sold prior to 10 years ago, will need a special adapter from Time Warner. The adapter is free to use from May to September. After that it will cost $1.50 per month. The new sets are equipped with a QAM tuner while older sets, mostly with the cathode ray tubes, are not.
"Hopefully most of the customers in Hudson are within the 10 year range or newer," Paluscsak said. "It should not have a big impact on our viewership."
Customers can visit a walk-in center and pick up a digital adapter, Paluscsak said.
For more information call TWC at 1-855-286-1736 or visit twc.com/digitaladapter.
Paluscsak also told the Board that Time Warner customers will soon be switched to Charter Cable. The switch is due to a merger between Time Warner Cable and Charter Cable.
"Hopefully they [Charter Cable] support public access programing and will allow us to continue our broadcasting," Paluscsak added.