Welcome to our first installment of What You May Not Know About Your Time Warner Cable Service, where we’ll try to bring you worthwhile insights, hints and shortcuts about any and all of the services we currently offer.
Free to all Digital TV subscribers, Free On Demand (FOD) allows our customers access to a treasure trove of programming content that can be paused, fast-forwarded and rewound, just like anything else On Demand. Calling it a treasure trove is apt: FOD feels like a secret, but it’s not one we want to keep to ourselves. Recently I went through the more than 25 FOD channels in New York City (note: channels do vary by area). What I found surprised even me. Here’s a sampling of eight.
Primetime On Demand & Entertainment On Demand – A veritable A-to-Z of popular programmers. Their names alone tell you what to expect: A&E, ABC, Bravo, CBS, Discovery, FX, NBC, SyFy, and USA. Catch up on missed episodes (30 Rock, Community) or give new ones (The Killing) a stab.
BBC America On Demand – Many of us already know there are something like 16 Law & Orders shows out there. OK, there’s currently only three, but there’s a fourth that I didn’t know existed – Law & Order: UK – and BBC America has it, along with past episodes of Top Gear and Doctor Who as well as a category for Royal Wedding (Diana’s Dresses, How to be a Prince). It’s all right to be a little curious.
Answers On Demand – AOD is a great channel for both those new to Time Warner Cable and even those who’ve been around the box. Short tutorials introduce you to the very basics of enjoying Digital TV: finding shows, accessing HD and On Demand programming and enabling Parental Controls. Though some of the videos are several years old, the category for 411 for Parents couldn’t be timelier: Facebook Privacy, Online Learning Tips, Sexting & Kids and Cyberbullying, just to name a few.
Exercise TV On Demand – It’s hard to dispute the science: exercise is helps us reduce stress, combat chronic diseases and control our weight. But gyms can be expensive and not everyone feels comfortable grunting and sweating in front of strangers. Exercise TV solves that problem with segments led by popular fitness buff Jillian Michaels and Billy Blanks Jr. plus some other attractive people that won’t judge you. Check out 10 Minute Workouts, Bellydancing, Meditation or Kickboxing. Select Kids For Fitness to involve the whole family.
HD Showcase On Demand – Sort of a hodgepodge of superior-than-SD content, HD Showcase carries programming categories for everyone (3D, A&E, History, Music Choice) and my mother (DiY, Food Network). Depending on where you live, there may also be local treats like Mets HD with recent wins, some losses.
Kids On Demand – Kids On Demand isn’t just for kids. As someone who recently fell asleep to an episode of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (you know the one where all the bad guys get released from S.H.I.E.L.D.’s airship prison…), you don’t have to be a under 10 to appreciate animation like the relatively new Phineas and Ferb or rehashes of shows you grew up with like Fraggle Rock, G.I. Joe: Resolute and Transformers Animated.
Lo Mejor On Demand – Late in 2009, we launched Lo Mejor On Demand, our first Hispanic FOD channel. Through research we understood that more than 60 percent of Hispanic customers preferred Spanish-language content but only about half watched FOD shows or movies within the last month. By partnering with networks like Univision, Telefutura and Galavision, we were able to help fill in that gap. Also included: CNN en Español, ESPN Deportes and mun2.
…And the list goes on. There’s still Automotive On Demand, Free Movies On Demand, History & Nature On Demand, Local On Demand, Movie Trailers On Demand, Sports On Demand and more. Some channels are more obvious than others. All are worth exploring. Find out what FOD channels are available in your area here.
Do you watch Free On Demand? What type of programming do you like to access for free on demand?