Suddenlink HD Fundamentals

In most Suddenlink cable systems offering HD (high definition) cable channels, there are multiple “tiers” (i.e., groups or packages) of HD channels from which to choose, including HD Broadcast, HD Basic, HD Plus, and HD Premium.

Each of these tiers has its own requirements for viewing and the following primer is offered to help sort through the details.

HD Broadcast: Where available, these channels can be viewed on an HD television set for no additional cost, if that HD television set has a built-in QAM tuner. Television set manufacturers and/or retailers should be able to verify whether or not an HD set has a built-in QAM tuner. If your TV set does not have a built-in Digital QAM tuner, you will need to lease a Suddenlink HD receiver or cable card to view HD Broadcast channels.

HD Basic: Where available, these channels can be viewed on an HD television set with the corresponding lease of a Suddenlink HD receiver or cable card.

HD Plus: Where available, these channels can be viewed on an HD television set with the corresponding lease of a Suddenlink HD receiver or cable card, plus the payment of a nominal monthly fee.

HD Premium: Where available, these channels can be viewed on an HD television set with the corresponding lease of a Suddenlink HD receiver or cable card, plus a subscription to the corresponding premium service (e.g., HBO). If a customer already subscribes to a premium service like HBO, they will be able to view HBO-affiliated HD channels for no additional cost beyond the lease of a Suddenlink HD receiver or cable card.