Originally posted by drewba
I wonder why Comcast can get this sorted out with many of the local channels in other markets but all of the Seattle stations are playing hardball?
Becuase they got a clue. They spent millions upgrading their facilities for HD. The cable guys NEED local HD content, it's their big club against DBS.
Now that the cable guys NEED HD to compete against DBS some local broadcasters are realizing that what they have has value. If what they have will allow a cable operator to make money and win subscribers back from DBS then why should the local boradcaster provide that content for free?
This is the crux of the issue. A far cry from when cable operators didn't think they needed local channels and had to be forced to carry them under "must-carry" regs. Times change.
"by the end of the year" they say. But not which year.
Personally, I'd pay a premium for my HD locals. Particularly if they were ITC QAM.