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:arrow: I have noticed that some Cable Companies have East and West (Versions?) of the same Cable Channel. Is there any difference?
 
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I have noticed that some Cable Companies have East and West (Versions?) of the same Cable Channel. Is there any difference?
If you're referring to channels like HBO, with their west and east versions, it's typically just the times at which programs are broadcast, to account for time zone differences.

For example, today at 0900 PDT, HBO East is showing "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy". HBO West shows the same movie at 1200 PDT.
 
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JerryNone said:
I have noticed that some Cable Companies have East and West (Versions?) of the same Cable Channel. Is there any difference?
If you're referring to channels like HBO, with their west and east versions, it's typically just the times at which programs are broadcast, to account for time zone differences.

For example, today at 0900 PDT, HBO East is showing "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy". HBO West shows the same movie at 1200 PDT.
Yes sir. that is exactly what I meant. HHmm, that is interesting. Since don't they rerun the same movies a few times a month @ different times?

Also is it possible to get both coasts on your local cable/satellite?
 
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JerryNone said:
DonS said:
If you're referring to channels like HBO, with their west and east versions, it's typically just the times at which programs are broadcast, to account for time zone differences.

For example, today at 0900 PDT, HBO East is showing "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy". HBO West shows the same movie at 1200 PDT.
Yes sir. that is exactly what I meant. HHmm, that is interesting. Since don't they rerun the same movies a few times a month @ different times?
Sometimes they do - but not always. The East/West format allows them to tell subscribers that movie XYZ is on at time ABC (for people in either the Eastern or Pacific time zones - the majority of the population of the US, and the two extremes of the times in the contiguous 48 states). It also allows them to show new releases during "prime time" for both coasts. If they targeted the East coast prime time viewer, many West coast viewers would still be on their way home from work.

Also is it possible to get both coasts on your local cable/satellite?
Depends on your service provider. Some may offer all of them, while others may offer only the feed for the "local" time zone.

For example, below is a partial listing of my "movie channel" lineup. For many of them, there are both "east" and "west" versions of the same channel. However, there are some channels (e.g. "Encore Westerns") for which I only get the "west" feed.
517 Encore East
518 Encore West
520 Encore Love Stories West
522 Encore Mystery West
524 Encore Westerns West
527 Encore True Stories East
528 Encore True Stories West
529 Encore Action East
530 Encore Action West
533 STARZ! East
534 STARZ! West
536 STARZ! Theater West
537 BLACK STARZ!
538 STARZ! Cinema
539 STARZ! Family
540 Starz! Kids
550 HBO East
551 HBO West
553 HBO 2 West
555 HBO Signature West
556 HBO Family East
557 HBO Family West
558 HBO Latino West
559 HBO Comedy
560 HBO Zone
561 Cinemax West
562 Cinemax East
564 More MAX East
565 More MAX West
566 Action Max
567 Thriller Max
575 Showtime East
576 Showtime West
578 Showtime Too West
579 Showcase East
580 Showcase West
581 Showtime Extreme East
582 Showtime Extreme West
583 Showtime Next
584 Showtime Family
585 Showtime Women
586 Flix (Showtime Plex)
591 The Movie Channel West
592 The Movie Channel Xtra East
593 The Movie Channel Xtra West
 
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