Television programming is an ever changing medium. New shows, new times, new networks, networks renamed…it can be a vexing issue to providers and viewers.
FPB Cable is taking the initiative to try and make the cable lineup easier to navigate and understand.
“We want our cable lineup to make sense, and the most logical way to do that is match up similar networks and programming within a particular genre where possible,” said John Higginbotham, FPB Cable-Telecom Superintendent.
There are multiple reasons for the reorganization of the lineup. While FPB’s goal is to make it more viewer friendly, Higginbotham says some of the changes are mandated by networks. “Networks have very specific language in their contracts of where certain channels must be placed in a lineup. One of the reasons we decided to make a move of this magnitude, was because SPEED Channel is changing to FOX Sports 1 and that channel must be carried in our Classic Cable tier.”
Continuity is key in programming and Higginbotham says this change will improve that area tremendously. “The restructuring will allow for programming to coincide with other like shows and networks. Kids programming will all be in one area, sports in its own area, news, and so on. Once customers get accustomed to the changes, we feel it will really improve our product.”
The changes will take effect August 20 and Higginbotham realizes the impact it will have on customers. “FPB Cable did not go into this lightly. We took a look at recent lineup additions, and future lineup demands, and decided now was the time to make some changes.” Higginbotham says it is much like spring cleaning, “We saw that after adding many channels over the last few years, our lineup was a little messy and could be cleaned up a bit. No one likes to clean out the basement, but every now and then you have to.”
Click the image to view the August 20th line up changes.