Originally Posted by AndyHDTV
Just a reminder
ESPN2-HD - on the near horizon
Does that mean in time for the beginning of the 2006 baseball season as promised? Oh, wait, they already missed that target. In time for the World Cup?
National Geographic-HD - on the near horizon
And will there be a slot for it when it is done?
Really? Does that mean it'll be on the air by the end of May? If they can't get the channels they've got contracts for on the air, why are they bothering to work on getting more contracts?
CINEMAX-HD - is almost done
It astonishes me that TWC doesn't more or less automatically have carriage agreements with all of the TW owned channels. There shouldn't be any adversarial negotiations involved here.
STARZ-HD - End of the year at the earliest
Again, does that mean it'll be on the air, or that we'll be told there's a contract but no bandwidth?
Wealth TV-HD - are not in the works
Outdoor Channel 2-HD - are not in the works
I'm inclined to actually take these updates at face value.
MHD (MTV) - will take many months to conclude.
By conclude, do you mean get on the air, or sign a contract?
Food Network-HD - Scripps has not yet made us a proposal.
HGTV-HD - Scripps has not yet made us a proposal.
Does TWC always wait for the channels to come to them?
NFL Network-HD - the nfl net is not likely to be on soon.
Will TWC subscribers be able to see HD feeds of the games that will be exclusively carried on this network in the fall?
Sleuth-HD - Late 2006
I'll expect to be able to tune to it before December 31st...
None of this makes me optimistic. TWC has enough of a track record of not putting on channels they've got the right to carry that I no longer care when they secure the rights. If TWC wants to gain my trust on this front, they'll spend more time announcing new channels actually going on the air than they spend making excuses for why we don't have more channels. I expect to be able to see the World Cup in HD. I expect to be able to see the NFL Network games in HD. I expect every TW owned HD station to be carried on TWC.
That last point in particular dictates how little TWC takes advantage of its relationship with their corporate parent. TWC should not have to negotiate for Cinemax or HBO. When Cablevision pulled channels from TWC, all TW channels should have been pulled from Cablevision. It's as if TW doesn't really want to work with TWC...