Originally Posted by DianaTWCSC
Yes, TWC knows exactly the percentage of HD and HD DVR and SD DVR and even Analog units people have sitting in their closets they forgot about but are still paying for each month.
Diana, I MUST take exception to this statement. No cable company has any idea of the number of customers that watch in HD! First, the FCC requires cable companies to carry local HD channels "in the clear". Most of today's HDTVs have built-in QAM tuners that receive these "in the clear" signals. I am sure that you have many HD customers that are receiving their HD signals this way - and cable can't count them, as they never rented a HD STB.
About a year ago SA published a study that said that a high percentage of HD set owners were not watching in HD. This was a seriously flawed study as it totally neglected those customers directly connecting to cable.
Generally speaking, TW (and the other cable companies as well) have been generally unaware that lots of their customers can receive local HD without spending any extra money. I believe that the rules also require that those local HD channels be included in even the "basic" ("lifeline", or whatever the lowest cost service is called) service. But, if you stop and think about it, that makes sense - because as of Feb 17, 2009 the only stations will be digital.