If I were to change over to the ridiciously expensive Time Warner Cable, would I get my local channels in Hi-def ?
Reason being is the signal on my Voom local channels are up and down like a yo-yo. From what I can tell all the best stuff is on the local channels, Stuff like 24, Alias etc... I currently live in Naples Florida. I'm new here to the USA (originally from England) so all this confusing channel naming such as...WFXTFD is still very confusing to me.
With such unreliable local channels it seems I'm paying out what I consider an expensive $70 per month and getting mostly SD repeat crap with a picture quality that's just about bearable.
I think most of the Voom originals though crystal clear and advert free are barely worth watching in all honesty. Ok so it's nice to not have poor quality advertsing rammed down your throat every 10 mins on what seems constant commercial breaks, whilst watching the Voom originals. It's just a shame most of their films are unknown 1 star kind of type. I was shocked to see the Profesional and Groundhog day on them... a breath of fresh air.
Even though their programming is a bit naff, it's a shame with the possible Voom demise, as from what I can tell, no other company has taken HDTV seriously. Actually I'd go as far as to say they are all slowing down the development of HDTV with their lack of support for it. Which is a great shame.
What's the point of spending all that money on a swanky new TV (like I did back in November) when all the other providers only give you a measly couple of hidef channels (WHICH YOU NEED TO PAY $10 per month for ) !!!!!!!!
COME ON !
Discovery HD is about the best, but I'm finding myself watching repeats now.
I refuse to spend any more than $70 per month, therefore I'm not on the Va Va Voom, so I'm missing out on the HBO, Starz etc...
On another note, I need to moan here....why is TV so damn expensive over here in the USA.. DVR is extra !! HDTV extra... can't they just give it to you ? After all you have to spend a grand on the HDTV DVR receiver with Directv. OK I can understand paying out extra for HBO etc, but HDTV should be free and so should DVR !
DVR is free in England on Sky, and most programming is in widescreen Dolby Digital and good enough in pic quality to not need hidef. Here you have to pay for it in way of a monthly subscription, when your blurry NTSC system is crying out for an update, and barely watchable on a big screen.
I thought the US would be further advanced as you pioneer most of this stuff. But you guys are still buying 4:3 TV's and VHS ???????????????????????????????????????? and happy to pay for this stuff when it should be the standard.
These companies are just taking the piss out of the consumer if you ask me, and seriously slowing down the development of HDTV
greed, greed and greed.. Just about sums it all up.