Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Glastonbury, CT
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For what its worth here's the response I got from them recently regarding ABC-HD. I give them credit for providing a thoughtful response, which leads me to believe they at least know a significant number of their HD customers are not happy about the situation. With that said, they are still engaged in a giant pissing contest and we could be waiting another two years.
First, we apologize again for the lengthy delay in providing you ABC in
HD. We realize the explanation that negotiations are ongoing is not
sufficient enough. However, it is the truth. The negotiation for this HD
Channel is taking an extraordinarily long time. Over the past 2 years,
we've been negotiating, on a local level, with all the local
broadcasters to obtain rights to distribute their HD signals. We were
successful with the local broadcasters for NBC, CBS and Fox. However,
WTNH ABC Ch. 8 in Connecticut remains the one local broadcast channel
with whom we have not been successful negotiating an HD deal. This
station is owned by LIN Broadcasting, who owns other broadcast stations
in the following Cox markets: Rhode Island, Virginia, Florida and Texas.
There has been no progress in any these markets either. In November
2005, Cox New England had solicited the help of our corporate office in
Atlanta to negotiate a deal on a national basis with LIN Broadcasting.
We are hoping this will expedite a deal for our local broadcast
In the meantime, we understand some of the sports programming is being
broadcast on ABC. Our wish is that we will be able to offer you every
marquee event in HD.