In the case of cable and satellite providers, the analog shutdown is a very good thing, IMO. For example, here in Dayton, Time Warner (neither Dish nor DirecTV carry digital/HD locals yet) doesn't carry the local NBC station, WDTN. WDTN will lose ~85-90% of their viewers come Feb 2009 (using statistics of the # of OTA viewers). TW can still provide their customers an analog signal but they'll be converting digital signals to analog in order to do this and they aren't allowed to do this for WDTN (at this point).I see. Well, I guess something will have to be worked out by 17 Feb 2009 when the analogs are shut down or we won't have any locals.
No one knows, but it appears that the contracts were written with the analog channel and digital channel treated separately (in fact, they may be multi-year contracts that had NO consideration for "digital" channels that may not have existed at the time).I believe that since Dish carries Cincinnati locals via SD, this is not the case.
That is the reason I switched to D* almost a year ago. I now have all the locals AND CinCW but D* doesn't have WLWT's 5-2. I may have been happy with my OTA, but as someone else noted WCPO is a VHF digital and I cannot get it reliably. I seems ridiculous that they are the ONLY VHF digital in Cincy. Oh, well, it's E* loss. D* hardware is not quite as nice but it's been worth it.I'll give you two reasons: WLWT and WKRC.
Both these channels will not allow Dish to carry the channel without major consessions including carrying the secondary channels. WKRC DT2 is the CinCW and WLWT is has NBC Weather Plus.
I also think that WCPO which is owned by Hearst wants it secondary channel up and I think Hearst wants something else too, but I haven't been able to confirm that.
Finally WXIX 19 for a while had "The Tube" as its DT2 and it wanted that channel carried as well.
The local channels, charged with serving the public in this are are the main obstacle to HD channels in this area via Dish. Cincinnati has been passed over twice in the last 15 months for HD locals.