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About Time Warner Cable TV

Although Time Warner Cable (TWC) came into being in 1992, the company’s roots in the industry date back nearly five decades.

In 1973, Time Inc. began the acquisition of American Television and Communications (ATC), a cable TV provider founded five years earlier. That same year, Warner Communications established a cable division.

Time Inc. and Warner Cable merged in 1989, which led to ATC and Warner Cable forming Time Warner Cable three years later. In 2009, TWC separated from Time Warner Inc. to become an independent company.

Currently, the company is the second-largest cable TV operator in the country with more than 10 million residential video customers. Other services include Internet, telephone and monitored home security.

A proposed merger with Comcast Corporation, announced in 2014, awaits regulatory approval.

Time Warner Cable TV Services

The following sections provide a general outline of the company’s products and services. Features, channel selection, equipment and availability of services may vary by location or programming package.


The selection of channels includes:

The company also operates local news and sports channels in a small number of markets.

TV packages

The lineup of base packages includes:

Starter TV

Offers 20+ channels, mainly local programming. Many channels are available in high-definition.

Starter TV with HBO®

Includes Starter TV channels plus HBO® and access to HBO® GO.

Standard TV

Offers 70+ channels. Features include On Demand programming and mobile viewing with TWC TV® app.

Preferred TV

Offers 200+ channels. Features include Look Back® and Start Over® and 40+ Music Choice channels.

Preferred TV w/ DVR Service

Offers 200+ channels, with features including HD DVR service.

Preferred TV w/ Whole House DVR Service

Includes 200+ channels with HD DVR service in as many as 16 rooms.

Professional installation is available with all base packages. Some customers may qualify for a self-installation Easy Connect Kit, with free shipping.

Additional packages

Customers have the option of adding certain channels, such as premium movie networks, to their base packages. Specialty packages that may be added to base packages include the following:


Available viewing features include:

Multi-Service Bundles

Bundling options include TV-Internet and TV-Internet-Phone. Some levels of Time Warner Cable Internet service include features such as home Wi-Fi and mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. Calling features include VoiceZone® voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting and Enhanced 911.

Time Warner Cable Locations

The company operates a number of TWC Stores in its 29-state service area. Features at full-service locations include bill payment, equipment return and exchange and self-installation kits. Other locations include sales-only kiosks and third-party payment centers. Customers can locate stores on the TWC website.

Weighing Time Warner Cable vs. DIRECTV

Shoppers interested in a conducting a thorough search may wish to consider satellite television from DIRECTV along with cable providers. A side-by-side comparison will prove not only informative but also useful.

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