I know most who have posted here are OTA-ers, but this is the best forum/site I've found, and everyone seems passionate about discussing our local HD issues in SWFL.
I purchased my first HD-capable set (a small LCD for my office) last summer and upgraded my Time Warner (Cape Coral) package to HD.
So I'm sitting here watching MNF on ABC|HD and I'm getting grumpier and grumpier. Here we are the start of another NFL season and both WFTX and WINK have yet to agree to rebroadcast agreements with Time Warner and Comcast.
WFTX has offered the same statement for well over a year now. After revising (pushing back) their delivery estimate a gazillion times, WINK has finally come up with a a draft without an actual date (gee, that was wise).
I know markets across the country are seeing the same issues with local stations and cable companies unable to reach agreements on re-broadcast, but isn't there something that consumers can do to apply some heat? They've been providing the same pre-packaged excuses for well over a year. Where do WINK, WFTX (and their parent networks?) actually stand with the negotiations? Are they actually trying to strike an agreement or just stalling until network giants and cable monopolies sort things out?
Further complicating the issue was this merger announcement of Time Warner/Comast. I understand all of SWFL will be converted to Comcast. When does this change take place, and how does it effect Time Warner customers? I haven't seen any details yet... Of course channels will change and pricing will differ, and I assume our hardware (STBs) won't require any updating... But I can't wait to see how this will effect Road Runner services - and if/how they are going to migrate users to the comcastnet domain - but that's a whole other mess.
Alas, I absolutely cannot part with my cable modem service, and I would need a set-top tuner ($250??) and an antenna set-up to grab OTA on my set - so I guess I'll just suffer on and hope for these peeps start to pick up the pace. Looks like local CBS and FOX will get their act together just in time for half the NFL games to switch to NBC in '06 anyhow