I just talked with a Jaime Montez (I'm not sure I spelled that correctly) from SureWest and learned a little more.
First, starting today, we have 2 new channels in HDTV:
History Channel (641)
A&E Channel (642)
He mentioned that they originally planned on activating all the channels at once, but have now opted to add them as they have worked out the bugs and contractual issues. He did give me the listings of new channels to be offered, which include:
Big-10 Network (College sporting events from the NCAA Big-10 Conference)
Fox Business Channel (new channel; where Tom Sullivan went)
The Learning Channel
One channel that he mentioned I think he was a little backwards with. He mentioned a new Discovery channel that is completely different and is 100% HD content 24/7 in addition to what we already have. What I believe was meant was that in addition to "Discovery HD Theater", which we already have, which meets the description he gave, we will be receiving the "Discovery Channel in HD", which is a HD version of the current, standard, Discovery Channel. Many of these channels will mirror the SD channel, but if the content is available in HD, these shows will be in true HD. The past two seasons of Modern Marvels
has been done in a 16:9 aspect ratio and presumably in HDTV. These episodes will hopefully be in true HD on the History Channel that is starting today.
I questioned about the NFL Network, which is big for me, as I'm a football fan. He pointed out that there have been contractual demands by the NFL Network that has many content providers not wanting. He would not elaborate, but he said he too wishes to have it, but it does not currently make financial sense to carry it.
I also talked to him about the DVR. He was not willing to give a firm date, (I'd been earlier told by someone it was November 22.) He only mentioned it would be "before Christmas". He had little information about the capabilities other than saying the ability to record two shows at a time and initially
it will not
have the ability to store content on an external drive. He said they are talking about this feature though for eventual capability.
I understand that we are
getting a great service. I just want everything
and I want it right now