Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Richmond Hill, ON
I have just read this thread with interest.
It seems that many folks here are jumping to conclusions as to what may or may not happen with this upstart sat company. It's best if we simply wait and see what develops.
In the event that it turns out that the founder's intentions were always to lie/mislead its potential customers, then he'll have some problems making a go of this service. But, whether or not basic local service is offered at no monthly cost, the company will have to rely on income to survive especially in this competitive field.
I think the psychology behind the no charge channels is that if they offer a high quality receiver capable of 1080p and can transmit signals in that native resolution (!!!), the receiver will command a high price, and if customers are willing to pay that high price for a receiver, then many of them will likely want some additional channels for a monthly fee. Heck, if the service is exceptionally good, they may even steal many customers away from the current sat and cable providers, none of which offer native 1080p resolution.
Although not many (if any) viewers will be able to detect the difference between the various HD resolutions, psychologically everyone loves the idea of getting 1080p. I have a 1080p 60" LG screen and see no difference between an upscaled DVD and native 1080p resolution. I suppose it may be possible to notice the difference between 1080i and 1080p on two large screens side by side or on a larger screen like a 72", or on a large screen mated up with a device that has a poor quality upscaling algorithm, but not many folks would have any of these situations!