"I dont think Rogers will offer CBC-HD until they have actual HD Programming in the Schedule...."
Since when is this a requirement........
Actually its CBC-DT and not CBC-HD. The sooner the satellite and cable providers carry CBC-DT the better, regardless of the programming.
People use the terms DT (Digital TV) and HD (High Definition) as though they are the same thing, but they're not. The point of the new licences (both CRTC and FCC in the U.S.A.) is to get DT up and running for all its benefits and then let the analog stations come down. For example, a DT station can broadcast 27-1, 27-2, and 27-3 as different content channels or they can use all that bandwidth for a single 27-1 HD channel, or come up with some other apportionment.
The regulators had in mind that a lot of perfectly good AT 4:3 TVs would suddenly become obsolete if OTA DT was to be only in HD, so the system they created allows OTA TV watchers to purchase or rent a DAC (Digital to Analog Convertor) tuner as a set top box, with the HD channels being letterboxed. Those on pensions or in low income brackets are not expected to have to be without TV due to the switchover of stations to digital.
Having said all this I also hope for maximum HD programming, but I don't expect it just because a station is DT. I don't know what CBC-DT's ratio of DT to HD programming will be. I hope this helps clarify the situation.
"L'auberge du chien noir" was filmed in HD and is showing tonight. Let's see if it will be shown the right way. If yes, it will be the first French HD program (assuming there is no HD in France...) ever!
Most of the prime time series on CBC have been in widescreen for at least a year. If they were all produced in HD, the CBC will equal or surpass many of the American channels with HD primetime content.