I realize that there are not a lot of HDTV sets in Iowa. I only know one other person at work that actually has one. As for Mediacom, I got my first cable hookup about 30 years ago. My experience with several companies is that they only want to deliver the least signal that will keep the money coming. And don't even talk about customer service.
Maybe Fox Network is a bunch of old cable folks?
I still have some cable service because of my cable modem, but I do OTA for the local stations and DirecTV for everything else. The good, I hope, news is that it sounds like DirecTV is close to announcing an HD package.
Check this site: http://www.tvpredictions.com/directvhdtv.html
TVPredictions.com has learned that DIRECTV is planning to launch an HDTV channel package that would cost approximately $10 a month. The package would include ESPN HD, HDNet and HDNet Movies, and The Discovery HD Theater channel.
There's no timetable for the launch because some details still have to be worked out. But several sources tell TVPredictions.com that it's "very likely" that the package will be offered in the coming weeks.
Robert Mercer, a DIRECTV spokesman, confirmed late Thursday (April 24) that the satcaster is considering launching a monthly package of HD channels.
The monthly fee would be big news because non-premium HDTV channels -- until now -- have been available for free on DIRECTV. If DIRECTV begins offering a group of HDTV channels as a premium package, it could set a standard for both the satellite and cable TV industries. Some cable operators, such as Charter and Cox, have been testing monthly HD program fees. Charter, in fact, offers HDNet, HDNet Movies and Discovery HD Theater as a HD bundle for $9.99 a month.
Phillip Swann, president of TVPredictions.com, forecast last month that DIRECTV would soon charge for HD content to appease new owner Rupert Murdoch, who is not a fan of free HD.