Starting January 13, 2017: Time Warner says in order to give you sharper pictures, in an all digital experience, every television needs to be hooked up to a set top box.
Changes are coming for Time Warner Cable customers in our area.
If you are a Time Warner customer, you probably already have one of their "set top boxes" hooked up to your main television. But you might have a television in the kitchen or the basement or bedroom with just a cable going into the back.
Well, starting January 13, you'll need a separate box for each one.
Time Warner says in order to give you sharper pictures, in an all digital experience, every television needs to be hooked up to a set top box.
For 2017, Time Warner will give you two additional HD receivers for free. But, after that year, it will be $4.99 a month for each box. But the company won't say for how long that introductory fee will stay at $5 per month.
In a statement, Time Warner Cable told us, "Digital equipment on every outlet enables customer to benefit from the two-way interactivity digital provides: Clearer picture, access to video on demand, our onscreen interactive guide and easy to use parental controls."
Time Warner officials couldn't say how many customers this will affect in the Rochester market. But remember, once Spectrum takes over Time Warner Cable in February, a whole new system of fees and requirements could go into effect.
News10NBC checked in a lot of other Time Warner markets, they are going to mini-boxes, digital adapters that are about a quarter of the size of the set top boxes. We're still waiting for officials to get back to me on when the mini-boxes might be required and how much they will cost you.
Also, starting next Tuesday, five channels will only be offered in a digital format from now on including the NBC Sports Network, so you have to have one of these boxes to watch that.
To see the letter TWC sent out to customers in October, click here.