WPDE to return to HD tier on Time Warner Cable in Georgetown County
Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:52:56 GMT —
Time Warner Cable has announced it will fully reinstate WPDE programming on or after August 20, 2013. At that time, we will then be on channels 108 and 1108 on the TWC system in Georgetown County.
A ruling by the FCC last month allowed WPDE NewsChannel 15 to return to the HD tier of Time Warner Cable in Georgetown County, by giving the station what's called "significantly viewed status."
WPDE was removed from Time Warner's HD tier in March of 2012 when the ABC network enforced what is called "network non-duplication."
On Time Warner Cable, that meant our local programming (our newscasts) were only viewable on the lower tier channels, 9 and 108, and ABC programming, like Good Morning America, World News Tonight, or prime time programs like Grey's Anatomy and Dancing with the Stars were only on WCIV in Charleston.
As a result of the FCC's decision, Time Warner Cable must fully reinstate WPDE programming, and Time Warner has said they will do so on or after August 20, 2013. At that time, we will then be on channels 108 and 1108.
HTC and Southern Coastal Cable in Georgetown County chose not to interrupt ABC's programming during the FCC's deliberation process, so their customers will not see any change. We will continue to be on their HD tier.
We will let you know when the Time Warner change is made.