|Originally posted by fire407
We're you as surprised by this announcement as I was? I generally have a good idea what is going on at Fox, but I thought the network would go HD before the sports net. ESPN and Comcast must have pushed Fox over the edge.
Well, yes and no. There has been a push for a couple months to get the network sat upgrade finished and do higher bit rate testing and with the FCC and Congress telling CBS that they will work on the broadcast flag, I had hoped that something would break loose.
I am disappointed that they decided to go with the sports first and not net, but FOX is on record saying that they see sports driving the transition, so it is no real surprise that sports goes first (and that is a money maker now verses network that is just a money pit for the foreseeable future) and as everyone here has been saying for a long time, sports really has no shelf life when it comes to piracy, so maybe that has helped. You also have to ask yourself how much ESPN-HD has played a part in this. And you also have to ask yourself how much D* is playing into this as well. Lots of questions with few answers unless you have some insight. FOX is playing this close to the vest on my end.
With all the info I have, I have to say 2 + 2 = and it always seems to come out 5 never 4! Close but no cigar so I hate to prognostic too much. Might lose what little credibility I have ! :)
The thing that did surprise me was that North Carolina is one of the markets slated. I can only guess here, but if I were to guess it would be because FOX owns a station in this market (my station) and we have the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, and the new NBA team, the Bobcats I think I heard them say on the news last night, Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh and ACC schools, (ACC Headquarters is based here in Greensboro) NC State Wolfpack, UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, Wake Forrest Demon Deacons, and Clemson Tigers all within 3 hours drive of my station. (I hope that is a good assessment of the situation)
Sidebar: I hear Dave Boylan is leaving. He was the GM for the station I work for here when I was hired. Worked for him for 4 years before he went to Tampa. Quite a guy. I figured him for FOX corporate someday though. Guess he has had his fun in the sun and is ready to slow down. His wife's sister is still working in the traffic department here.