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I seriously doubt MHD will be a "replacement" for the dropped InHD2... InHD2 was part of a pay tier. My guess is that MHD is going to be a "free" channel (we have 2 "collections" here, an intro package and a value package; the value package has everything, the intro package less so; MHD MAY be in the value but not the intro package). In any case that's great news.
PLUS A&E, wow! As for the marketing, we found out about the addition of Starz & Cinemax from someone posting about catching a crawl on the Weather channel, so that looks like that method could be accurate. Nice explosion of HD goodness!
FYI, my complaint to DOITT (the licensing agency who grants TWC-NY the right to operate) about them dropping 20% of a pay tier got a phone call from their public affairs group. FWIW, they ARE aware they "owe" us a replacement, no they won't drop the rates but they DO have every intention to replace the channel. They can't say with what, but they were emphatic that something would be in it's place. I asked about why didn't they say the same thing when they announced it was being dropped, they said they felt it would generate tons and tons of calls from folks asking what channel would be added!
Boy would I jump for a SciFi HD channel. Before we can even think about that, SciFi needs to start the ball rolling. Like a lot of other channels, it would start with very little actual HD (look at A&E HD, we haven't even seen it in my market and already legions are complaining it has too little HD content!). However, I sure as hell DO see BSG being run on UnHD in HD. It's about 5-6 episodes behind the first run broadcasts. SciFi & UnHD are NBC owned, so there's a good connection there. Only a guess, but other shows COULD follow a similar path. I sure hope so.
Time Warner NYC (Man North Head End) - 8742HD DVR ODN 5.2.0_9