Historically I've been against Sinclair in thier attempts to get Cox to cave to their charges, but now that ABC is likely to go away, I'm afraid that the writing is on the wall, and that other station owners will follow suit over the next couple of years. In light of that, I've sent the following email to Cox executives:
I wanted to let you know how frustrated I am with the impending drop of KOCO's HD signal from the Cox Oklahoma City market. The same frustration has been here regarding the KOKH HD signal owned by Sinclair as well. The way I see it as a paying customer, Cox has only two options in order to keep my dollars every month.
1. Provide a 'locals in HD' tier for $5 or so as an option for your HD customers, which would allow you to satisfy the station owners who want to get paid for their HD signal.
2. Provide DVR equipment that has the dual cable TV tuners like now, but also has an OTA tuner to pickup local broadcasts.
If KOCO's ABC HD signal is dropped this weekend, I see my only choices as going with the Tivo Series 3 HD DVR with Cablecard capability, or going with Dish network, which allows OTA recording in addition to their satellite HD channels. I do not really want to do either of these, since the Tivo is very expensive and I'm very happy with my Cox tri-bundle and don't want to go satellite, but given the sports and primetime programming that ABC-HD offers, I will definitely be leaving Cox if this isn't resolved. Again, the easiest/cheapest solution for me and I'm sure the rest of your HD customers would be to make HD locals in their own tier for $5 or so...I'd gladly pay that instead of making the switch.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and good luck in getting these negotiations resolved."