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Time Warner Cable: How Does It Stack Up to Competitors?

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About Time Warner Cable

The company, sometimes called simply TWC, traces its roots back to the late 1960s with the founding of American Television and Communications. Today the company ranks at No. 2 on the list of America's largest cable TV providers and also offers Internet and phone service.

More than 15 million customers receive digital video, high-speed data and voice services from Time Warner Cable. Channels owned and operated by TWC include several local news and regional sports networks.

In February 2014, Comcast Corporation announced a friendly takeover deal to acquire Time Warner Cable. Deals involving large telecommunications providers require the approval of antitrust regulators, so the proposed acquisition faces scrutiny by the Federal Communications Commission and other government agencies.

TWC Video

This section offers a look at cable service from Time Warner Cable — channel lineups, packages, features and technology.

Time Warner Cable channels

Although Time Warner Cable channel lineups vary by location and package selection, the list of available channels includes:

Navigating the Time Warner Cable channel lineup

In 2014, the company introduced a theme-based lineup that allowed customers to view Time Warner Cable listings by subject matter. Categories include Entertainment, Life & Style, News & Info, Sports, Kids & Teens, Local and Inspirational. Viewers can also search Time Warner Cable listings using the TWC Channel finder tool.

Time Warner Cable packages

Programming packages offered by TWC range from fewer than 70 channels to more than 200 channels. The selection includes:

All Time Warner Cable packages include the TWC TV®App. Time Warner Cable channels focusing on local news and sports are available in select areas.

TWC features

Package selection and equipment may determine availability of some features. The selection includes the following:

TWC Bundles

TV, Internet and phone services are available individually or combined into a TV-Internet or TV-Internet-phone bundle. Time Warner Cable deals available with multi-service bundles may include free installation and telephone service activation.

Comparing TWC with DIRECTV

How does the nation's #2 cable company measure up to the #1 satellite TV service? Consider some of the factors that separate DIRECTV from Time Warner Cable – channel lineups, sports and customer satisfaction.

Channels and packages

TWC packages tend to offer fewer channels than comparable DIRECTV packages. Examples include:

DIRECTV PREMIER Package — 285+ channels

TWC Preferred TV w/ Whole House DVR Service — 200+ channels

DIRECTV ULTIMATE Package —225+ channels

TWC Preferred TV w/ DVR Service — 200+ channels

DIRECTV XTRA Package — 205+ channels

TWC Preferred TV — 200+ channels

DIRECTV CHOICE Package – 150+ channels

TWC Standard TV — 70+ channels

Sports programming

No other TV provider, including cable companies, gives you the power to enjoy every game, every Sunday, with NFL SUNDAY TICKET.1 You can't find this exclusive DIRECTV package anywhere else.

Customer satisfaction

For the 16th year in a row, DIRECTV rated higher in customer satisfaction than cable.

Evaluate the Alternatives to TWC

Consumers have a wide range of choices for TV providers these days and they should take full advantage of the diverse marketplace. Research your options before choosing to make sure you get the best service and value.

Sources and Research:

Data collected 3/25/2015 from http://www.timewarnercable.com/

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