Mobert, I'm afraid that just won't work. The bandwidth capacity of the cables running under the streets of NYC cannot be increased for any amount of money--and no one will invest the money (and years) that it would take to run new cables.
TWCNYC has a maximum physical bandwidth. Period. It's not going to change, unless someone comes up with a better type of laser or something to transmit higher density signals on the existing cables. And even if it were available tomorrow it would take a while to install.
The only thing TWCNYC can
change is how this bandwidth is used. As cited in the post above (http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...51#post3785451
) there is an effort to convert the analog TV transmissions (a real bandwidth hog) to digital. That apparently will take years.
Otherwise, all they can do right now
to add HD channels is to delete other services. This is primarily a financial question (though PR
and political considerations will be factors).
Despite the way it may seem on this forum, relatively few homes in the TWCNYC area have HD-capable sets (people with small apartments are less likely to get a big TV). I wouldn't be surprised if it's still under 10%. I very much doubt it's 20%. Not a big target for TWCNYC to go after. Of course this will increase as time goes on, but this also will take years.
When you add in the factor that so few of us can switch to another provider, I don't see TWCNYC making any big moves to significantly increase HD service for a while. I think their stategy will be to wait until they have enough potential HD customers who will pay for an HD package.
I doubt they'll add more than a channel or two by the end of the year, no matter how many of us switch.