So, I did call Time Warner. I spoke to a representative who told me multiple times that TV Guide Network was a broadcast network (ummm...no, it's not), and that Time Warner had no control over its removal. And then she wanted to get me to shell out more money for said converter box, and when I politely declined that, she wanted to sell me on Road Runner and/or digital phone. No thanks.
For those keeping score at home, basic cable in Austin now consists of the following:
- all full-power broadcast stations, and (I believe) one low-power broadcast station as well
- several Spanish-language channels (some of which are broadcast over the air)
- News 8 Austin
- two home shopping channels
- ME TV, which, I understand, is in "financial dire straits"
- a bunch of community access and/or boring local government stuff we're almost never going to watch
- all English-language broadcast stations
- News 8 (occasionally)
- the home shopping channels (very occasionally)
Mrs. Snowed's guess is that the next to disappear from basic cable is going to be WGN.