I know this is kind of jumping the gun a bit, but I've been wondering how this will shake itself out in the end. When the conversion hits in early 2009, what will the effect be on our cable services, choices, and most importantly, our cable bill.
Assuming by that time that almost EVERYTHING will be broadcast in HD, are we going to have to pay extra for non-local HD content, as we are now?
Networks and cable channels will not be simultaneously broadcasting 480SD and 720+HD as they are now,(my understanding), so how will we be charged extra, other than having to get an HD box? Are we going to end up with cafeteria style packages that include groups of 10, 20, 30, or X number of HD channels with larger costs for larger packages?
I've got a bad feeling that in early 2009 my cable bill is going to be close to $100 just for the full HD content BEFORE premium channels, and if we don't get with the program, we'll be stuck with a "digital" box that will downgrade HD to 480 quality to watch on our 65" screens.
Is this the future of HD that we all looked forward to?