Originally Posted by oriolesmagic
Verizon does not have all the capacity of U-Verse. FiOS is not an IP-based sytsem, it's an 860MHz RF/QAM system, which is more capacity than a standard Comcast system, but less than a standard Cox system
AMC Networks owns Sundance, which is now separate from Cablevision. Comcast now owns Chiller and Cloo through NBC Universal, and carries neither network.
And no company has all the money in the world. It's consistent with the philosophy at Time Warner Cable to stop negotiating with independent content providers.
At&t does not have no where near unlimited bandwidth and they can only provide about 30Mbps total to the home if your not on a bonded pair. Some of the earlier setups that were done in the North Texas area did not even allow for the 32Mbps profile due to the distance and not having pair bonding offered by At&t. Verizon has more bandwidth than At&t does total for all services including internet which is using IP protocol while the TV services use QAM/IP which is QAM for video and IP for the guide and return and forward data to the boxes so that they can communicate with the VHO.
Some Comcast systems are 860MHz but I have seen that it looks like they don't want to use the 750MHz to 860MHz part of the system right now in some areas as they are trying to get everyone on the same national QAM setup like fios does.
I know that Time Warner Cable does their QAM mappings based on each market and don't have to worry about allocating the same amount of national QAMs to HD or digital channels as they are dedicating about 16-24 QAMs to SDV in each system that has SDV enabled.
It seems that TWC might have gotten some concessions with independent channels as the ones that were about to be dropped on 12/31 are still in the lineup after the 31 day extension of the contracts so that they could renegotiate a new contract.