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The FCC has never required HDTV. The FCC only requires 480i. So why should a station invest in converting to full-blown HD if the revenue they generate (and the ratings) is exactly the same? In all the other markets that CBS is on a cable or sat system in HD, the MSO compensated the provider for the signal. This happens to be one of the few markets in which TWC sees fit to keep fighting... And WRGB is not going it alone, it's the Superbowl that is focusing the attention on CBS affilaites. WNYT also has stated publicly they are having negotiating disputes with TWC. ESPN-HD and TWC cannot reach an agreement either.
WNYT has the Daytona 500 in HD this month. It is the second most watched live televised event of the year... and it's not available from TWC. They also have the Olympics in HD. No one seems to care yet!?! That's becasue the Superbowl is THIS week and that's what viewers care about- right here, right now. So will WNYT become the new whipping boy after next week?
As far as I can tell, the cheapest way to get HD on TWC is to pay around $20/mo. (Broadcast Basic $9 + STB $8 + FCC franchise Fee $3)... That's $240/Year. I plan on watching HD for more than 2 years, so to me, my own OTA-HD box is way cheaper.
Retail stores have a tendendacy to advise consumers they don't want a OTA-HD tuner built-in or STB because they don't want to risk losing a sale over the price; or their inventory is filled with HDTV-no-tuner sets... Or they were MISTAKENLY informed that cable will automatically have all the locals.
TWC charges for advertisements on their cable system, yet cable is not offered for free. Subscibers pay to see content via cable, yet they are still subjected to advertisements on almost all the non-premium channels. Why is OK for the cable company to charge for both content and advertisements, but not a local affiliate?
The real shame is on the viewer who believed that TWC would do what they needed to, and chose not to invest in OTA-HD.