Suddenlink Communications has completed an upgrade to an all-digital TV lineup in Sibley, Ringgold, Doyline, Heflin and Dubberly. Digital TV offers superior picture and sound quality.
The upgrade is part of a larger, three-year, companywide program that calls for approximately $350 million of capital investments above and beyond traditional capital spending levels.
The Sibley project began in June and was completed neighborhood by neighborhood. Customers were notified directly as changes took place.
In the process, Suddenlink has begun offering numerous high-definition (HD) TV channels. HDTV offers a widescreen format, similar to a movie theater, with distinctly sharper and clearer images than standard TV.
It also provides better sound quality. Not all networks or stations offer HD programming.
Five "HD Broadcast" tier channels include Shreveport broadcast stations - KLTS HD (PBS), KMSS HD (FOX), KSLA HD (CBS), KTBS HD (ABC) and KTAL HD (NBC).
More than 30 HD channels are available on Suddenlink's "HD Basic" tier of service, which is available free to customers who lease the equipment required to enable HD viewing.
Among them are: CNN HD, TNT HD, Nickelodeon HD, TBS HD, MTV HD, Fox Sports Southwest HD, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, Spike HD, Discovery Channel HD, USA HD, Animal Planet HD, History HD and Disney HD.
Suddenlink customers must have an HD television set connected to a Suddenlink HD receiver (or another HD receiver with a Suddenlink cable card) in order to view "HD Basic" channels.
Suddenlink's "HD Broadcast" channels can be viewed without a Suddenlink HD receiver or cable card, if customers have HD televisions sets with a built-in QAM tuner.
Television set manufacturers and/or retailers should be able to verify whether or not an HD set has a built-in QAM tuner.
Sibley area Suddenlink customers also will have access to Pay-Per-View programming and more than 275 new digital channel options, including premium channels like HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and Starz in both standard-definition and HD formats.
They will also be able to choose from digital packages including sports, movies and variety channels. Included in the sports tier is the NFL Network and Sportsman Channel. The popular NFL RedZone package also is available.
In addition to new channels and Pay-Per-View options, Suddenlink now offers digital video recorders (DVRs), which allow viewers to pause live TV and resume viewing when convenient, record up to 30 hours of programming, and record one show while watching another. (A DVR also serves as a digital receiver and set-top box for new Suddenlink digital video programming options.)
Later this year, Suddenlink will increase the speeds of its High Speed Internet services for residential customers.
More information about Suddenlink services is available by visiting suddenlink.com and entering an address and zip code; by calling toll-free 888-628-9051; or by visiting Suddenlink's local office at 5418 Highway 164.