Does anyone know when Aliant will upgrade some of the SD channels to HD? In particular, I'd really like to watch Discovery in HD (not Discovery World HD)...
Unfortunately until Bell Aliant knows for sure they don't announce this information. They also can't give a time frame because there is none. Both sides negotiate back and forth until a suitable arrangement is arrived at.
They are the absolute slowest provider to add new channels.
Unfortunately true, but they are also one of the smaller TV providers as well. They don't have the ability to say "Hey look, by not giving us a lower rate on this channel you are missing out on <huge number> of people" and negotiation takes longer. As I've said before they could certainly add channels faster, but at a much larger monetary cost to all of us.
How would a 'decent marketing department' solve this problem?
As for your comment about adding value - additional channels have been added, just not the heavy hitter ones that people rave about probably because the upstream knows it and is holding out for more money that isn't feasible for Bell Aliant.
AMC was delayed because they could not come to an agreement before a blackout period (period when a content provider will not allow their stuff to be picked up by a tv provider.) at the end of the year. AMC wanted their channel exposed to a certain percent of Aliant's tv subscibers, that means Aliant will offer the channel in the premium movie pack, super channels and one of the movie theme ie movie 1 or movie 2. BTW we always like to blame the tv providers for price increases but part of the reason is content providers raising their prices.
Now that I finally have the HD package it is very apparent how they really need to get on the ball with more channels.. I'd really like to have MUCH HD, HGTV HD... we don't even have Discovery HD!? Come on! Frustrating to have the "HD package" and still be forced to do so much SD viewing.