Niagara Gazette — Many viewers of Lockport Community Television, the area’s three public-access cable television channels, will need to change how they watch.
That’s because of technical changes taking effect July 23, Time Warner Cable has stopped transmitting channels 20, 21 and 22 in the analog format. LCTV will only be carried in the digital format.
That means any cable subscriber with an analog television that lacks a cable-compatible digital tuner can no longer receive the channels.
Time Warner is supplying digital adapters for free to such customers. But that’s for a limited time, as it intends to charge 99 cents a month for such units, starting in January 2015. Time Warner customers will find LCTV on channels 20 through 22.
LCTV provides public governmental, educational and sports programming under the direction of the Lockport Community Cable Commission. For years, LCTV has re-broadcast meetings of the Niagara Falls City Council, Niagara County Legislature and other local governmental entities on its local channels.
Customers using other devices or “cable-ready” digital sets (or HD-TVs) will find LCTV Channel 20 on the newly tuned Channel 21.3. LCTV 21 is on Channel 21.4, and LCTV 22 is on Channel 22.5.
Customers with stand-alone digital TVs (non-Time Warner customers) will need to “auto scan” or “auto tune” channels in their digital TV menu to access the new channel locations.
For more information, people can call (855) 286-1736.