Well here in the UK the two cable companies NTL & Telewest have a lot of debt from building the very fast fibre optic network. The company Im with (Telewest) cares very little about cabletv since its broadband service has grown tremendously. I remember their ISP only 5 years ago when it had 25,000 modem users now it has something like 400,000 modem users and 250,000 cable modem users (10% of which are on the recently launched 1mbit cable service). Naturally telewest is now marketing itself as Telewest Broadband, its interactive TV services are poor although I blame that on the Pace STB technology and their cr@p technology.
Microsoft own part of Telewest so Im hoping they might have a future with the interactive tv service, in fact come to think of it with WMP9 some interesting content streams could be used for higher quality broadcasts. This wont happen unless some serious cash is injected into Telewest, Microsoft probably arent allowed to do that because the european monopolies and merger commision would probably stop it :mad: Glad we got our $2 billion pounds rebate from europe though :p .