Originally Posted by rbkb
But now that a number of cable companies have caved to Belo's demands (or at least came to some compensation agreement), does Charter have a leg to stand on in the battle over Channel 4's HD carriage? Is there any hope that we will see 784 back on the system in time for the NCAA tournament? With every game being in HD this year, there is a better chance that we will see different games on Channel 4 and 4.1.
Interesting questions...without easy answers.
While there does seem to be momentum in the direction of deals getting done between broadcasters and cable, there are still major cable players out there, such as Comcast (see story from earlier today) and Time Warner, who reportedly are digging in their heels and saying "no way."
I think the situation with Charter goes beyond principle -- for Charter this has to be more of a bottom-line money issue, rather than one based just on principles. Not that Charter wouldn't take a principled stand on this absent its precarious financial standing...but in the end, I think money issues trump all other considerations for Charter.
Because of that, I think Charter is more likely to hold out longer than the other major cable players. If Comcast and Time Warner hold the line, I suspect Charter will happily sit tight. But if either of those big guys knuckle under, Charter may have no choice but to pay up.