In Milwaukeeland, our local UPN and WB channels started broadcasting awhile ago in HD and TWC did not want to pay the "ransom" for carriage.
So now, CW has allowed carriage with this Sinclair O&O station, even though it still has affliations with Time Warner (and CBS) and we are screwed with HD local service...once again.
You know, what with all the increases in my cable bill, add-on charges and tiers, it would be great of TWC asked us or even required us, if we want to pay for this HD carriage, just like we do ordering the HD package or some premium channel.
If this meant the NBC, etc. affiiates started to want some cash, so be it.
Satellite companies charge for locals, so with HD channel locals, until 2009 (when it becomes must-carry because it is only digital delivery), I don't see why not - at least for now.
This would be great for some to be able to finally get these HD stations, as it is difficult, if not impossible (for apartment and condo dwellers especially) than getting HD OTA, too.
Honestly, if I wanted OTA for HD locals like Sinclair keeps pushing (are you listening, both of you - TWC and Sinclair?), I would not be subscribing to cable service...they just don't "get it".