Skip to Content

Back to News Articles


Allows Customers to Restart Television Programs and Movies Already in progress with the Touch of a Button

Release Date: 08/16/2009

KANSAS CITY, MO (Aug. 16, 2009) – The game you wanted to catch on ESPN U and your child’s favorite Disney show both started 10 minutes ago and you’re still on the way home from tonight’s after-school activity. Suddenly you realize that you forgot to set the recorder. No worries. Thanks to Start Over, a free new feature offered exclusively by Time Warner Cable, you’ll still be able to watch both shows right from the beginning.

Start Over is enabled by a software upgrade to the existing video on demand (VOD) platform.  All Time Warner Cable customers with a set-top box can take advantage of the new free service.  The Start Over system instantaneously captures live television programming for immediate, on demand viewing.  When tuning to a Start Over-enabled show in progress, customers are alerted to the feature through an on-screen prompt.  By pressing “Select” on the remote control, the program is immediately restarted from the beginning.  Commercials will appear in the same sequence of the show as they would have in the initial telecast.  Start Over-enabled programs can be restarted within the shows’ telecast window.

“Start Over delivers to our digital cable subscribers a new level of control over their television and makes it even easier to watch what they want when they want without any pre-planning,” said Dan Wright, Group Vice President for the Time Warner Cable Kansas City system. “Start Over builds on Time Warner Cable’s long history of technological firsts that provides consumers with the power to take control of their television viewing.  We are very excited to be bringing this convenience to our customers.”

For the initial launch in August, Start Over is enabled on 25 networks including CMT, Disney, Disney XD, ESPN U, Hallmark, Fuel, VH1 Classic, Starz, Biography, Showtime, BET Jazz, Sleuth, Boomerang, DIY, Chiller, TCM, MTV 2, The N, Nick Toons, Noggin, Fine Living, G4, Encore, History International and Speed.

Time Warner Cable's Start Over was named the winner of the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Innovation and Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Best Use of on Demand Technology over Private (Closed) Networks.

About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located in five geographic areas — New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas.  Time Warner Cable serves more than 14 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services.  Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable Media Sales, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions that are targeted and affordable.  More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at

Back to Top