said by Ike1:
I like NHK World, but let's face it, this channel does not have the potential to be hugely popular, so Verizon is not going to use its precious HD bandwidth for this. I doubt we'd even see BBC World News channel in HD and that's potentially a bit more popular, though still not a really big draw. Also a lot of it is probably up to contracts and corporate leverage. The BBC and NHK probably don't have a lot of that. They don't have a profusion of other channels to use as leverage with Verizon and cut a package deals on retransmission rates.
But we've already established that Verizon cares not about what is popular. They have no qualms with carrying the .TV channels. They just added TV Guide HD over much more highly requested adds like H2 HD.
Since when does Byron Allen have a lot of corporate leverage?
Why will Verizon use its "precious HD bandwidth" for the .TV crap and carrying a dozen redundant west coast HD feeds on east coast systems and vice-versa?
Surely a new channel carrying unique content would be of more interest than a redundant channel carrying everything that was just aired on a 3 hour delay. There is NO good reason to have a "Showtime West HD" and a "HBO West HD" carried on a New York system!
You shouldn't be grateful that you can get Al Jazeera on Verizon. They aren't carrying it because they want to. They are carrying it because they have to. Al Jazeera had to ninja their way onto a broadcast affiliate's space and use the FCC's "must carry" rules to get the channel on Verizon's system. Basically, Verizon had to have it shoved down their throat. Verizon isn't carrying Al Jazeera out of the goodness of their hearts.