Time Warner Cable notified several networks that they will be dropped or moved to less-penetrated tiers as soon as this week.
And that MSO may be one of several that may make similar moves while looking to cut operating costs and provide better value to consumers.
Time Warner said these networks have been put on notice that:
• GSN will be dropped in Binghamton, N.Y., this week and in New York City in May to make room for new regional sports channel SportsNet New York, partially owned by Time Warner Inc.
• Outdoor Channel will be dropped in the San Diego and Waco, Texas, systems and shift to a digital sports tier (from digital basic) in Binghamton.
• Animal Planet and G4 will move to a digital tier (from expanded basic) in northeast Ohio.
• AmericanLife TV Network will be dropped by the Ohio, Binghamton and San Diego systems.
The nation’s No. 2 cable operator is looking to add Comcast Corp.-controlled TV One, Time Warner-owned Boomerang and several ethnic-targeted networks, including Hispanic-targeted La Famila.
For more on independent networks facing drops by Time Warner and other multichannel-video distributors, please see the story on page three of Monday’s issue of Multichannel News, by R. Thomas Umstead & Linda Moss.