I would not say never, but the other pieces of the ABB puzzle are getting done first. Johnstown still serves as administrative hub of the entire system. They still have to upgrade the physical plant in order to be able to insert local commercials and local inserts (ie Local on the 8s) into the various HD streams. When you start seeing local commercials on existing HD channels, I think the expansion of HD service will quickly follow.
They have made some initial steps by clearing bandwidth in shutting off some unused analog channels. The WQED and WPSU QAM HD feeds are now living in the space where the old channel 20 used to live.
It's never fast enough and I too am frustrated at how many channels remain unavailable or limited to analog SD.
Even where they've gone all-digital, they haven't really added many actual channels. While they've added HD channels of what they carry, there's a bunch of stuff ABB will just never add.
No MLB Network, no NHL Network, no NBA TV, no CBS Sports Network, no Tennis Channel for sports fans. (no BTN for customers in Cumberland, no BTN in HD for all-digital Uniontown).
No Cooking Channel, no Smithsonian Channel, no Crime & Investigation, no Military History, no Reelz Channel, no Ovation, no FXX or FXM for those wanting general entertainment. No NatGeo Wild for Altoona, Johnstown or Cumberland.
No 5StarMax, MovieMax or OuterMax anywhere, no ThrillerMax in Cumberland, no HBO Comedy or HBO Zone in Cumberland. No Sundance Channel.
Extremely limited On Demand offerings.
No additional HD pack. No Universal HD, AXS.TV, HDNet Movies, MGM.
Even in Cumberland and Uniontown, upgraded markets, major channels are still missing in HD. Cumberland doesn't have VH1 or CMT in HD. Uniontown doesn't have AMC in HD or ESPNU at all.
I get they need to make transitions to Cogeco. They neglected to do much of anything since they got the systems from Charter in 2004. They're just never going to have a competitive TV product when it comes to content, and in today's environment, I'm not sure there's really even much incentive for them to offer one.
They've ran the customers off who care to satellite already, they offer no substantive promotions to existing customers, with more and more people migrating to OTT video services and cutting the cord, what incentive is there for ABB to fix their noticeable content gap?
TiVo is a nice get for them. I'll be interested in seeing the new guide the TiVo will use. But I waited around for them for 3 years to fix the content problem, and they just didn't. I went to DirecTV, and I see no reason to come back.