It doesn't look good for the Sept 15th INHD launch. I'm hearing that corpoarate COX should have it soon, but it hasn't been finalized yet. Locally, there's a lot of channel re-mapping and adjusting going on that will set back the launch date here to possibly Nov or even Dec. I'm dissapointed about this as it's becoming a grreat HD sports venue.
All indications point to a valley wide launch date before the end of the year (three months). The equipment should be the Scientific Atlanta 8000 DVRs. No mention of pricing or restrictions. Unfortunately, no mention of HD either, but that could be an oversite. I will have to scour the forum and websites to see if the 8000 is as HD compatible as once thought to be.
Full Digital lineup: Seems this could be the reason for doing a massive channel lineup and remapping of digital boxes. I think they want to get this out asap so that there will be a full digital lineup available for digital customers. Duplicating all the analog to digital takes up a lot of space to do it right, and things have to be juggled around to accomodate the signals. Good news is that it will all be delivered digiatally without ingress issues. Bad news is that they can't get rid of the analog signals until the original signal providers say it's ok to remove the analog feeds. Most contracts won't expire for a long time and they won't be able to reclaim that used/wasted space. Also, broadcasters know that their analog signals can reach more households than digital, and may drag their feet letting COX retransmit digitally.
NBATV: Official preview is OCT 4th and launch Oct 28th
BravoHD, StarzHD, CinemaxHD: No contracts available. Apparantly nobody has been able to sign a contracts yet, and all other work is not going to wait for those contracts. For now, it's a "wait and see what happens" situation. Once these are actually available, we might hear something.
Local NBCHD: Still not in the budget for upgrades, so we get to miss all the new fall shows in HD. They can no longer use the excuse of not having enough content like they did last year. HOPEFULLY, their 2004 budget will allow for the upgrades. Once purchased, expect a few months to get it online. If I were to guess, I would say March would be the earliest we might see anything from this network, although I would love to be wrong.
Other locals: Yeah right - no money this year, or it would have been done already. See above comments about NBCHD.