Unfortunately, there is nothing we can truly say about this decision. They said HD is free with iO. HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz were always in the counts they were touting.
The question I have is, what is the 15th Voom HD replacement channel? Are they counting Comedy Central HD as part of the 15? If not, then there is still one more HD channel to come. Will there be a News12 HD? Will it be a mix of all the local News12s? I doubt they would do seperate Jersey, Bronx, Brooklyn, and LI ones as they do in SD. They could still do a News12 HD (with a mix of all the operations) from the Voom HD set (if its not shut down and dismantled already).