said by UnnDunn:Just create (2) overflow channels that show nothing but a screen when not in use saying FIOS overflow sports channel, similar to what they do with The NFL Redzone channel and the College football and basketball channel. When no games it's not using any HD bandwidth. What is the problem with that? said by nyrmetros:
Why can't verizon turn a channel on and off as needed??
Because tons of things will break if then turn on/off channels with the frequency and spontenaety they would need.
At a minimum, if they turned off the overflows, the guide data for them would be deleted and you would not be able to schedule recordings in advance. It would also have to update authentication tables and encryption keys for all customers. Favorites lists, parental control settings and all sorts of other stuff would be disrupted.
And even if Verizon engineered it so that wouldn't be a problem on FiOS boxes, it would still affect those with TiVos or Windows Media Center CableCARD users, who get their guide data from a different service which does not update nearly as quickly. CableCARD users would be re-scanning all the time, and their CableCARDs would be constantly taking new encryption data, which increases the chance of failure.