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I've recently read rumors in various boards that Comcast and Mark Cuban are now in negotiations for Comcast to hopefully carry HDNet and HDNet Movies in the near future.

Has anyone else here heard/read the rumors or (even better) found concrete info about it?
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HDNet & Comcast have been in negotiations off and on for years. This is nothing new. What would be new is some indication that the previous positions have changed. Not sure if this is the case.

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I've recently read rumors in various boards that Comcast and Mark Cuban are now in negotiations for Comcast to hopefully carry HDNet and HDNet Movies in the near future.

Has anyone else here heard/read the rumors or (even better) found concrete info about it?

no, but i hope its true. i had adelphia w/ hdnet/movies but last yr comcast bought them out and as of 6-26-07 they took away my precious hdnet/movies and replaced them w natgeohd, a&ehd, tnthd which all suck, imo. they also took away american life tv, an 'oldies' channel w mary tyler moore, newhart, the bob newhart show, man from uncle, and others. "i want my hdnet/movies"; think sting-"i want my mtv".
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It seems like in the past, when Comcast took over a market from TWC or whoever else that had HDNet and HDNet Movies, Comcast would immediately drop those channels from the lineup.

Recently though, it seems like Comcast kept those channels in the recently taken over Houston market. Is that just an aberration, or is Comcast testing the waters there and considering carrying the channels nationwide in the near future?
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I seem to remember that HDNet is a local channel in Houston.
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I seem to remember that HDNet is a local channel in Houston.

HDNet is actually based in Dallas. But ironically, Dallas Comcast doesn't carry it.

Nonetheless, HDNet is a nationally broadcast cable channel, not simply a local one.
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If he wasn't busy on Dancing with Stars he'd probably respond to this thread personally.
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When Comcast took over Adelphia in my locality (Spotsy, VA), we had HDNet for several weeks or months before they changed anything. I want to say they took over in October, and I remember that we had HDNet until like January 15.

It's hard for me to remember because I switched to FiOS before Comcast actually did anything, but I still received a few mailings from them regarding changes afterwards.
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I seem to remember that HDNet is a local channel in Houston.

No, it isn't. But where the confusion may come from is that HDNet did offer a broadcast version of their service in their first couple years of operation. Initially, this was the same feed that was available over DirecTV and DISH, but in the last year or so of operation, it was very different from the cable/satellite version of HDNet. It was carried by digital broadcast stations in several markets, although I can't recall if Houston was one of those markets.

So far as I'm aware, there hasn't been a broadcast version of HDNet for several years, now.
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I'm wondering if NASA may have had a part in keeping HDNet on here in Houston after the transition to Comcast from Time Warner. When you think about all the scientists that work at Johnson Space Center, some of them may get their first look at launches and landings via HDNet's exclusive HD coverage.

It would come natural that the space agency's push here might have brought the two sides back to the negotiating table to again try to hammer out a nationwide agreement.
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If that was the case, then more power to NASA.
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Any new recent news on the latest talks?
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I hate to say it, but with all of these mainstream channels going HD, the need (in at lease Comcast's eyes) for HDNet I'm sure is dropping even further. HDNet was a great must have back when there were only three other HD channels and two of them were Premiums. A few years later and there are still only a handfull of HD channels, so HDNet is still valuable. But today and even more so next year, there will be nearly 100 HD channels to watch. While HD has some quality programs, they may have a hard time selling themselves in the rounds of negotiations.

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Comcast and Mark Cuban now in negotiations for HDNet and HDNet Movies carriage?

"now"??!!

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I hate to say it, but with all of these mainstream channels going HD, the need (in at lease Comcast's eyes) for HDNet I'm sure is dropping even further. HDNet was a great must have back when there were only three other HD channels and two of them were Premiums. A few years later and there are still only a handfull of HD channels, so HDNet is still valuable. But today and even more so next year, there will be nearly 100 HD channels to watch. While HD has some quality programs, they may have a hard time selling themselves in the rounds of negotiations.

At least for now, HDNet actually has HD programming. This isn't true for many of the 100+ HD channels, which rarely have anything.

This will continue for a couple years.

But you're right, the quality of HDNet needs to improve if they are to remain relevant in the new world.
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I hate to say it, but with all of these mainstream channels going HD, the need (in at lease Comcast's eyes) for HDNet I'm sure is dropping even further. HDNet was a great must have back when there were only three other HD channels and two of them were Premiums. A few years later and there are still only a handfull of HD channels, so HDNet is still valuable. But today and even more so next year, there will be nearly 100 HD channels to watch. While HD has some quality programs, they may have a hard time selling themselves in the rounds of negotiations.

Which other channel offers nekked girls and ultimate fighting in HD?
I agree that hdnet has been a glorious overblown demo channel for many of us, but its still outstanding at showing us boobs.
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At least for now, HDNet actually has HD programming. This isn't true for many of the 100+ HD channels, which rarely have anything.

This will continue for a couple years.

But you're right, the quality of HDNet needs to improve if they are to remain relevant in the new world.

I think HDNet is getting less and less relevant with each passing day.
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Which other channel offers nekked girls

Try turning on Cinemax around 1 AM.
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HDNet Movies is the valuable one to me. Nobody else offers what they do.


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HDNet Movies is the valuable one to me. Nobody else offers what they do.


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They have exclusive rights to every movie that they show?
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"now"??!!


Yes, now (according to the rumors referred to in the first post of this thread).
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HDNet Movies is the valuable one to me. Nobody else offers what they do.


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I'd like them both, as HDNet offers exclusive coverage of certain NHL and MLS games as well as other sporting events.
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i wish they'd hurry up and settle this. i really miss my hdnet/movies since comcast yanked it away from us 6-26-07. ive been sending emails to comcast 'cust. feedback', still waiting. (better not hold my breath!) ive still got their hd version of 'forbidden planet' on my sa8000hd hdd; ive had it for 2 yrs, original a/r, even.
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They have exclusive rights to every movie that they show?

What I meant was that they show all movies uncut, OAR and with no extraneous on-screen crap etc. . But they do seem to have a catalog of mostly older movies that others don't show...


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Let me ask this, for those of you who lost HDNet, are you still paying the same price?
Let Comcast know that's theft. (Ok, not really, but it's unfair)

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Let me ask this, for those of you who lost HDNet, are you still paying the same price?
Let Comcast know that's theft. (Ok, not really, but it's unfair)

comcast replaced hdnet/movies w a&ehd, nat geohd-B.S.!! after a few days i called them up, told them to come get their equip., they countered w $20 discount and starzhd for $5/month (i was paying $97+ tx,etc,month). not the same but i accepted that deal. 3 weeks ago i got into 'triple play' plan- cable/b'band 'net/phone-$99 mo +tx, etc. ok so far. i called last week (to burlington, vt office) just to make sure they were including my hd service and 2 hd dvrs. (when i was sold this service by comcast people in canada, i specifically told them my hd stuff had to be included in the $99 deal, they said, ok.) but im not yet sure that they all are on the same page. but if they balk, ill remind them that sat. cos are knocking on my and everybody elses doors and/or come get your stuff. ill also tell them that its non-negotiable; $99 for everything. i mean it, too! ive got plenty of dvds to watch.
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Yes, now (according to the rumors referred to in the first post of this thread).

There has been rumors every couple of months since HDNet has existed.
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UNless we hear anything from MARC himself they will remain just that! Rumors!

I do agree that its relevancy is getting less and less.
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Let me ask this, for those of you who lost HDNet, are you still paying the same price?

It's hard to even gauge that because you'd have to factor in how much your price would have gone up due to inflation.
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