Originally posted by DDisney
Also, the fact that neither Comcast nor Charter carries the local WSB digital signal tells me that it is more likely an issue with WSB rather than the cable company demands, though that is my personal opinion of course. Also, remember that Cox owns WSB, isn't that coincidental?
I have never heard of anyone saying that Comcast wants $$$ to carry a major network's (ABC, NBC, CBS) HD signal. Comcast wants to carry these HD signals to boost its HD local advantage over satellite and thus will do so without asking for any compensation from a local station from everything that I have read and observed.
Where Comcast draws the line is it won't pay the local station extra $$$ for carriage of the HD signal-- that way Comcast subscribers don't have to pay extra $ to get local HD signals. Comcast already pays the local stations with major network (ABC, NBC, CBS) affiliations $$$ for the analog versions of their channels-- this is a significant source of income for these local stations. But some local stations (Sinclair-owned, Cox-owned, Viacom-owned) apparently want more $$$ for the "privilege" of Comcast carrying the HD signals.
It is definitely a Cox problem, versus a Comcast problem. Comcast carries ABC HD locals in just about every market where Comcast has HD, so it's not a problem dealing with ABC affiliates in general.
But NONE of Cox's major stations (KIRO-CBS in Seattle; WSB-ABC in Atlanta; WPXI-NBC in Pittsburgh; KTVU-Fox in San Francisco Bay Area) have reached agreement to allow Comcast carriage of their HD/digital signals.
So all appearances are that Cox (like Viacom and Sinclair) is demanding more from Comcast than are all the other HD broadcasting local stations that have already gained digital carriage on Comcast.
For all you in Atlanta, Comcast has all the major local digital signals (CBS, NBC, Fox) except ABC. And as I mentioned, ABC HD/digitals are available in almost all other Comcast HD areas. So that right there tells you that Cox is playing hardball with respect to negotiations about Comcast carriage of its HD/digital version of WSB.