It's been a while since I've been following the threads on this forum and I finally decided to create an account.
I do think it's a shame the lack of HDTV content in our country considering the fact that our "big" networks get most of their content from foreign sources.
As you've said before, our satellite TV providers are not willing to do something to change that (one has a big customer base and that customer base is not eager to demand better services and the other provider is targeting a different customer base who may not even now what is HDTV all about). Cable? The story is even worst: talking about Monterrey there is only one cable provider (ever talked about monopolies?), that cable provider is not willing to expand it's coverage area unless certain conditions are met (they have to guarantee certain number of customers will sign up even before evaluating the feasibility of expanding the network), you have to bundle crappy channels in order to have access to HD programming, and the worst thing, new neighborhoods have "special alliances" with service providers that do not allow other providers to serve the residents, so if Telmex installed an underground network in your new neighborhood forget about cable (wonder if Cofetel knows about this).
It's a shame that people in other areas such as South America do have access to quality HDTV content (ok, just 4 channels but we wish we could have at least 4 channels) and we that are part of "the 10th biggest economy in the world" (a bit of sarcasm here) are stuck to crappy TV content.
Anyway, I hope I can contribute with something to the forum from now on and I wonder if you've tried contacting someone in the government before (I know that you've put some pressure on Televisa's affiliate in Ciudad Juarez before, maybe we can do something like that with our friends from Cofetel).
PS: About blackouts on soccer games, this is something people in Monterrey have had to live with for at least 25 years (as far as I can remember!), unless the local government "pays" Sky or Cablevision for the broadcasting rights we cannot watch Tigres or Rayados soccer games on free OTA (and if we are "given" the opportunity to watch the game the politicians usually fill the screen with their personal propaganda... sucks!).
PS2: About TV Azteca and their non-HD soccer broadcasts, I have a theory and as you've said before, they may only have one unit for "special" broadcasts and it caught my attention last week when Pachuca played against Indios that they did not broadcast in HD despite the short distance between DF and Pachuca but they did broadcast Desafio de Estrellas on HD... seems that the programming director gave preference to the latter.