Originally Posted by posg
What if you operated a cable system and only 10% of your subscribers subscribed to an HDTV package, and the HDTV programmer insisted that his minimum compensation was based on 25% of your subscribers, and you knew that you wouldn't reach that point for a couple of years. These are the kind of issues cable and satellite operators have to deal with. That's why things take time. What would you do????
Univeral HD's programming is weak. Their distribution is limited. How much should they spend, and when. HDTV is an evolving product, and it has not yet reached the critical mass that is required for it to get all the focus and attention you would like to see. Quite frankly, at this point there's probably a whole lot more money to be made off standard definition video on demand than HDTV. And it requires a whole lot less of the precious bandwidth that is currently available. Patience, my friend, patience.
Believe me, I understand that HDTV represents a very small percentage of subscribers. However, it is undeniable that ALL other cable and satellite providers are being much more agressive with their HD content carriage agreements- realizing that more and more consumers are buing HDTVs. That's my problem with TWC- they are so monolithic and non-progressive. I recently visited some friends, one of whom had Cox and another who had Adelphia. Both had a much fuller HD line-up, and a much better SD channel assortment. For example, did you know that TWC is the only one of the top 5 cable providers who does not carry the NFL Network? Their reasoning is that "only real fans" want it, and that it would not represent something that is "widely appealing". So ... using that logic, I suppose the Speed Channel, the Golf Channel, the numerous shopping channels, etc, etc-- do represent channels with wide appeal?
As for Universal HD ... I agree. It's worthless. I'm in no hurry for it, but, at least it would be something. Read through this and other forums-- TWC HD subs are fed up with getting absolutely nothing for almost a year and half, while every other provider adds and adds.
I'm just so sick of TWC saying they are an innovator and are responsive to their subscribers. They just are not-- in fact, they use their cable division to subsidize their other corporate interests. No wonder we see Comcast commercials constantly.