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My first guess is that we're going to get a premium suite of channels like HBO/Cinemax. Although I wouldn't be shocked if we picked up the Entertainment Studio's suite of six channels that launched back in Sept/Oct. They're conceptually similar to VOOM and are also a good fit for SDV. It also coincides with the post by HBK409 that said we were getting 'Comedy hd' (not Comedy Central HD in mid January)http://www.satelliteguys.us/cablevision-cable-forum/157895-new-channels-services.html#post1624427More on Entertainment Studio's suite:http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6597530.html?nid=2734&source=title&rid=The new HD channels Cars.TV, Pets.TV, Comedy.TV, MyDestination.TV, ES.TV and Recipe.TV have been created by Entertainment Studios, which bills itself as the largest independent producer and distributor of first-run syndicated shows for TV stations.
Can't be good for the Cablevision bottom line
My first guess is that we're going to get a premium suite of channels like HBO/Cinemax.
Losing the VOOM channels is upsetting to me. The programming was unique and offered something you could not get anywhere else - and in HD 24/7. Having VOOM was one of the primary reasons for my staying with Cablevision. I completely understand the rationale for closing - clearly the business model of no advertising and the loss of DISH had to be substantial. I thought when they moved these to SDV they were setting up a process to charge extra for these channels to keep them going. But then again, I guess the writing was on the wall with all the "Channel Not Available" issues.Does anyone know other than speculating what Cablevision will be replacing these with. If it is anything like the MTV additions (with virtually no HD programming), I'll be gone. The one channel that did offer HD programming with the MTV batch (Palladia) was the one they decided to omit. Cablevision has committed to maintaining the HD channel count. We have already lost HD News along with MOJO this month - it will be interesting where Cablevision goes with the new selections. Come January 20th we'll find out. Those 6 new services mentioned sound interesting.I am hoping for adding the following: MGM. Smithsonian, Palladia, A&E, History, BIO, WGN, Encore, NBA, Tennis, HBO/SHO/MAX/Strz/TMC suites.Happy Holidays everyone.