Sean Mota said:
Charlie mentioned Voom 21 and said something like they looked interested but do not expect any HD from E* until MPEG-4 is in place. He also said the September Charlie Chat will be the HD chat but we all have heard that before and the HD chat became nothing.
MPEG-4 transition for E* is supposed to start Late Fall or early Winter...
Typical Charlie. He will throw out enough of a teaser to make E* look appealing to Voom subs looking for a new provider. At the same time he will not promise anything as ultimately he will not deliver either.
If I were D* or E* I would cherry pick the Voom offerings now and grab Rave, Monsters, Rush. Make even a few available and they would be the logical Voom replacement.
Not sure what I will do myself. Cable seems like the best bet. The big downside there is that the Cable boxes do not have a built in OTA ATSC tuner. I get 15 channels OTA and would like to integrate them all into my guide from one box.
D* get ruled out just on the cost of the HD hardware. For 3 HD STB's we are talking almost $1,000.
E* does integrate the OTA but their boxes are full of bugs and their HD offerings are the weakest of the whole bunch.
I feel like my Ferarri has just been wrecked and I must now replace it with an Eastern European econobox. Hmm, Yugo or Lada, what a choice.