Stayfair, I was installed in the early part of the 2nd phase in early April. I had been contacted to be an original tester, but was missing one very important ingredient, an HD television. I resolved that issue in January, and through some contacts I had made at Comcast, was able to get hooked up two months ago. I missed Discovery HD by a few days. I was able to get the $30.00 knocked off, and would encourage to try for that, also.
I disagree with your position on CBS HD. Using your logic, you are paying $5.00 a month for the service. I guess you could make the point that the channel that replaced it, WTTTW, actually has more hours of HD programming on a daily basis, (at least 3 hours, but it's the same stuff everyday). So shouldn't you be paying more than the $5.00 a month because of the increased programming on a prorated basis? And this fall there will be even more HD programming. By the way, you aren't paying anything until after July 1st. Maybe it will be resolved by then.
I'm being facetious, of course, but I get the impression that you feel Comcast owes you something. I feel they are trying to protect us. If they agree to subscriber fees for what other consumers receive at no additional cost (I won't say it is for free, because of the cost of the hardware to receive it) it opens up a Pandora's box of possibilities for other broadcast companies.
In fact, doesn't the Viacom position seem somewhat discriminatory. We are being excluded from a service that they provide free in the same market, because of the method we choose to receive. This is a national issue with Viacom and Comcast, not a local one. (Incidentally, a lot more consumers receive their TV signal from cable than OTA). Maybe there's grounds for a class action lawsuit? Any attorneys out there on the forum that would like to take up the cause?
I am as disappointed as you are, but perhaps a little more patient in waiting for it to be resolved. On the other hand, the Sound Stage program with Chicago on WTTW looked and sounded better than anything I had seen on CBS.