INHD Changes

August 11, 2006

INHDI couldn’t help but notice that my cable provider (Comcast) is planning on scaling back INHD2 on some local systems, the problem is Comcast seems to define scaling back as dropping altogether. While I still have INHD2 on my system, Comcast subscribers in Colorado, Washington and Illinois have already received notice the channel will “go dark” in the near future.

And oddly enough the “Only on Cable” designation once prevalent on INHD’s website seems to have been removed. This would appear to give a little more weight to the rumor that INHD may be making its way to DISH Network; the channel was recently up-linked to a DISH satellite but not viewable by subscribers.

Note: the fact that the channel was up-linked is no guarantee its coming to DISH any time soon, I’ve read reports of other channels active on DISH’s transponders but not available to subscribers until quite some time later.

Which brings me back to the Comcast changes, it’s my understanding the reason to phase out INHD2 on many systems is two-fold. As more HD content makes its way to the providers a certain amount of redundancy is inevitable. Secondly INHD is owned by a consortium of cable providers and they apparently have other plans for the slot INHD2 occupies.

Channels like MHD (MTV HD) are said to replace INHD2 on some if not all systems in the coming months. MHD is said to offer high definition concerts, in studio appearances, interviews and music videos but I have to wonder just how long it will be before MHD adds some mindless HD reality show to mix. I’ll bet the timer on that finality started before the channel was even launched.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HDTV Programming


Comments

  • Matt

    I live in Colorado and use Comcasts HD services. They replaced the INHD2 with TNTHD. I guess this is ok as I can fill my dvr up with more movie and series reruns. I like INHD2 alot though and hope that they either bring it back or give us something else like it soon.

  • Matt

    I live in Colorado and use Comcasts HD services. They replaced the INHD2 with TNTHD. I guess this is ok as I can fill my dvr up with more movie and series reruns. I like INHD2 alot though and hope that they either bring it back or give us something else like it soon.

  • WiFiSpy

    In seattle INHD2 has been gone since ESPN2HD was added for the world cup.

  • WiFiSpy

    In seattle INHD2 has been gone since ESPN2HD was added for the world cup.