said by Steve3:
It is a competitive industry, and more channels attract more customers.
Do you see any provider advertising their number or breadth of HD channels anymore? I can't think of one. If that's what attracted customers, they would be.
Around here, it's Comcast, Verizon and satellite. None of them say much about the number of HD channels in their ads. It's all features, and Verizon's feature is the quality, not quantity, of the channels.