I wonder if other providers will follow Bell's lead and drop services in favour of HD channels?! Of course most of the 'HD channels' currently out there have very little HD content and are repeats of the SD channel programming. The only 'real' HD channels are the 4 from HifiHDTV and Discovery HD Theatre.
How come they didn't drop any English diignets, I am sure most of them have very low viewership, why did they go with the French channel and Euronews? I guess because perhaps most of these diginets are owned by the Big Guys (CTVglobemedia, Canwest, Alliance Atlantis) and also the fact that they are sold in packages.
There is room for some niche channels, case in point Gol TV. Soccer is not really covered by mainstream sports channels and as such there is enough programming and enough of an audience to support such a channel.
According to a post on another board, Rogers may be dropping some channels soon, not sure if this is true so treat it as a rumor for now. Channels mentioned include Bite TV & CGTV.