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Re: Comcast is doing this, what about VZ ?
said by Strommy:I fail to see how this is a problem as all new HBO or Cinemax content airs on the main channel first anyway. And then it repeats several times throughout the week.
Comcast is also dropping almost all HBO/Cinemax HD channels except for each primary channel.
All the other HBO/Cinemax channels are just repeats of stuff that aired on the main channel weeks ago.
said by webcobbler :If Verizon dropped History HD today and put H2 HD in its slot they would receive no complaints from me. I can't stand History now. I want my new episodes of Modern Marvels in HD!!
I would love to get the H2 HD channel. A lot of good History Channel shows were ported over to H2. Those shows being broadcast on H2 in SD does not give the same experience, than if they were in HD.
said by Greg2600:This really isn't accurate anymore; most HD channels on FiOS are packed 3 or 4 to a QAM as well now. The problem is that the distribution feeds of HD channels these days are such garbage that they will fit 3-to-a-QAM natively. Verizon also re-encodes a lot of of the MPEG-4 distributed premiums to MPEG-2 at bitrates that allow them to put them 3 to a QAM.
It's not simply the # of premiums. Comcast compresses more channels on a MUX than does Verizon.
Only a minority of HD channels on FiOS (maybe 15-20%) now have bitrates high enough that they won't fit 3 to a QAM.
said by Reyr:No, not really. Both these channels appeal to people who like 'smart' programming. H2 HD features actual documentary content which is rare in today's "reality" show crap-infested cable landscape, and Cartoon Network has several well-written shows enjoyed by the college demographic like 'Adventure Time' and 'Regular Show'. The animation is also very good; Cartoon Network truly shines when it is in HD.
I'm not judging...just surprised that a lot of people really want H2HD and Cartoon Network HD. Two opposite ends of the spectrum in programming material.
They stand out as refreshing alternatives to the rednecks and trashy housewives who seem to flood most of the channels.