Originally Posted by bsquare
I spoke with someone in programming at Cox corporate, and she told me they DO have HDNet in their Atlanta Market. In terms of the rest of the cable industry following Comcast, Time Warner in Hawaii has provided HDNet for the past FOUR YEARS. It is Cox & Comcast who are lagging big time. And yes, HDNet is Mr. Brennan's call. I have spoken to Mark Cuban at length about this. At approx. 30 cents per subscriber, there is no good reason to not carry that great channel. I also notice that you are giving away your HD market to Satellite. And you won't get them back easily.
Cox does not carry HD Net in Atlanta. Cox doesn't even have an Atlanta market. There is only one Cox market in Georgia called Middle Georgia, and it doesn't include Atlanta. Cox Corporate is based in Atlanta, but isn't allowed to own a cable system there since we own newspapers and news stations in the area, although I read that law has recently been changed. Regardless, Cox does not have a cable system in Atlanta. If the Cox system in Georgia has HD Net than that is a good indication we will get it here, but looking at their HD listings it states they do not. (http://www.cox.com/middlega/cable/hdtv/programming
As for Comcast, I stand behind my claim that the rest of the industry usually follows Comcast. Some cable systems have their own advancements like Time Warner with "Start Over" or Charter with their "Remote-DVR" service. Time Warner's Hawaii market has been the most progressive of all Time Warner markets (they're like the test market for TWC); however that does not go against my claim. Although you're correct that Time Warner Hawaii has HD Net you stated they've had it for four years. That means that the rest of the industry has not followed Time Warner Hawaii (aka Time Warner Oceanic). I still believe now that Comcast has reached an agreement with HD Net more MSOs will too. After all, my statement didn't mean Comcast is first with everything, but once they do something other cable companies usually follow suite. They may not start the trend, but they are the trend setters.
As for your talk with Mark Cuban, I not only doubt it, but I wouldn't trust Mark Cuban as far as I could throw him. Why Mark Cuban would be talking to you at great lengths about his discussions with Leo Brennan (if there's even been any) and adding HD Net to the Las Vegas market is beyond me.
I recommend that if you want a channel added in the Cox line up that you call our customer service line and request it. The customer service rep will fill out an “Internal Channel Request Form” and then at a meeting or conference call Cox Las Vegas will tell Cox Corporate, “Hey, we have very high demand for this one channel in our area. Here is the data we’ve pulled from our channel request form.” After all, companies like data and facts.
It is my understanding that its Cox Corporate's decision as to what channels are added to the Las Vegas market. I think you're misunderstanding Mr. Brennan’s role. Sure, Mr. Brennan, and others, can ask Cox Corporate if we can add HD Net, but it's not his call. That’s like saying an owner of a McDonalds Restaurant can start putting his home cooked dishes on the menu. He would need permission from corporate just like any other franchise.
And oh yeah, the views listed here are my own and do not represent my employer. Thanks Trip in VA.