PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Nearly 90,000 Time Warner Cable customers in central Maine are part of a pilot program that will eventually be spreading to cable markets across the country.
Starting in October customers from 105 communities including: Waterville, Fairfield, Lewiston/Auburn, Norway, Oxford, North Anson, Camden, and Rockland will need to use an adaptor for any televisions that do not have a digital cable box.
The device converts a digital signal back to analog TV's that are just getting a basic or classic line-up. For the pilot program the devices will be free, but beginning in January 2014 all Time Warner Cable customers will need to pay 99 cents per device each month. And that's for every TV without a digital box.
Time Warner Cable's spokesman -- Andrew Russell says that this is a trend in all communication companies. "This is happening across our industry," Russell says. "It allows us to offer more digital and HD. Overall the customer experience is better."
Russell added, "if you are a basic customer now, you're going to be able to continue your basic service, you're just going to need this adaptor in order to get it because your signal will be coming to your house in a digital format. We're not upgrading you to full digital cable unless you want to."
The new adaptor will also give customers an additional 14 new channels including, Travel, SPEED, Oxygen, TruTV, and CMT.
If you have questions concerning how this change may effect you, you can go to their website, Time Warner Cable Or call 1-855-892-3444.