Originally posted by Tallen234
Now that ABC is done (although there are some bugs), what is next for Cox? HDNET, NBC, FOX (480p is better than 480i)?
Does anyone know?
Actually COX has nothing to do with ABC, NBC, FOX, or any other local HD channels. They just pass through whatever is given to them from the local station. NBC has been "repairing" and waiting on one more part for several months now... Their channel was allocated and is in the lineup, but just not seen with standard boxes. ABC was actually added to the lineup a long time ago and then taken away from the lineup because their feed was really bad. They were reinserted again during the Nov 15th realignment, and last week the station started broadcasting real HD content. As far as FOX is concerned, I think they are playing the waiting game. Some of the other local channels have not signed retransmit agremments with COX, so they can't be retransmitted in theri digital format (even though most are all still very poor and none are HD yet)
I heard that a few studios will be sending out more HD only channels soon via their Sat feeds to operators. Some big names like ESPN (EXPN?) HD extreme, Hallmark and Lifetime are almost ready to get picked up. A few rumors were heard about HDNET, and another one or two movie channels is possible. Once those are available, it all depends on if the local COX operator actually is going to pay to carry those channels. As far as I know, currently Las Vegas has all of the HD channels that are available that do not have an exclusive contract with a dish provider or a retransmit agreemnet that has not been finalized.
My speculation is that we may also see some of the "Super Stations" go HD soon. Stations like WGN and TNT could send HD feeds, especially when they offer their local sports programming. Also, an HD PPV channel would be nice, but I don't think the provider (IN DEMAND) offers this yet.
The only KNOWN thing locally for COX right now is the EOD rollout that is for instant PPV programming that enables VCR functionality to your purchase. Henderson is already working and has been in testing for a few months.