Originally posted by Budget_HT
I am curious about just where the hang-ups are in these negotiations. I'm sure that it is all or mostly financial issues.
I agree with you. Comcast has managed to resolve all these issues and provide HD locals in dozens of other cities to date. What the heck is SO DIFFERENT about the Seattle stations? The guy from KOMO might be a very nice guy, but his statements like
"...There are several issues being discussed. Among them are how much of the digital signal will be carried on the cable. KCTS, for example, is now multicasting four channels, dividing the 19.39 Mb into parts for the various programs. Nationally, cable systems are reluctant to carry everything that the broadcasters can put into that bandwidth..."
just don't ring true. Technical issues like these have all been resolved in other cities. For our Seattle area TV stations - it's all about money, plain & simple. Prior to Comcast, AT&T Broadband foolishly pre-advertised local HD station availablity, and so those stations now feel they have some leverage to extort Comcast into helping pay off their HD investments. They're playing hardball.