Originally posted by rgrossman
Believe it or not, someone watches every single channel out there sometimes. What's crappy to you is someone else's favorite. Or is some politician's idea of "public service." People generally complain much more about losing something they had versus not getting something they want.
At this point the number of people with HDTV's is still a small fraction of TWC-NYC's subscribers. People really don't know what they're missing. (And you would not believe how many people buy one of these sets and think they're watching HD while still watching SD!!) There's just not enough of us who want more HD service for TWC to alienate a possibly larger group of subscribers.
Of course, if (when) TWC-NYC starts charging extra for HD service, the situation changes greatly.
TWCNYC will start charging extra once the bandwidth issues are resolved and they add INHD and HDNet (in addition to whichever other stations TWC has carriage agreements at that time).
I'm confident that TWCNYC will resolve the bandwidth issues, but I certainly hope it happens sooner rather than later.
Here's an idea:
A few of us have Bob Watson's email address. What do you think of putting together a list of questions for him to answer? I (or whoever writes the email) would indicate that he or she was writing on behalf of the TWCNYC thread in the AVS Local Programming Forum. He may not do it, but since he's generally responsive to our inquiries, he MAY view it as an opportunity to answer certain questions once rather than having to answer them over and over. Anyway, here are some sample questions:
1. Approximately when will TWCNYC add enough bandwidth to carry INHD, INHD2, HDNet and HDNet Movies, the high definition networks that Time Warner Cable carries in other markets? Did the recent elimination of 5 PPV stations free up any bandwidth that will be used for additional HD stations?
2. What are Time Warner Cable's and TWCNYC's plans for adding high definition stations in 2004? We are aware of the ongoing negotiations between Time Warner and ESPN regarding ESPNHD. Are there any plans to add StarzHD, EncoreHD, CinemaxHD or any other high definition stations in the near future?
3. Are there any plans to add a high definition PPV channel in the near future?
These are just thoughts off the top of my head. He may not be able to disclose a lot of the information we seek. But let me know if you think it's worth a shot!