The HD box is $12.95; the SD box is $4.49. I pass by a local retailer daily who has been selling the HD box for $179. If I bought it last month, it would be paid for by next
Christmas in "rental recovery". The boxes are solid state electronics and come with a two year warranty. Why rent?!?
Most signals travel via fibre to cable head-ends already. The capacity issues are in the network architecture: the fibre-coax hybrid delivery system already delivers an incredible amount of data to the back of your TV set. Techniques like switched digital video, already in place by Rogers and others, promise more-or-less infinite capacity. The "in due time" bit is really dependent on specialty channels moving to HD, not the cable provider (satellite, OTOH, does have finite resources).
I dunno. Practically everyone who starred in the first 3D movies are dead -- think Vincent Price in House of Wax
or Ray Milland and Grace Kelly in Dial M for Murder
-- so it's not going out on a limb to think that if 56 years have passed already, 3D TV is no serious short term threat. Let's concentrate on Space HD and worry about History 3D some other time.
There are far more TV viewers for whom languages other than French are more relevant in Toronto. It's good to see Ottawa has had them first, and that they've arrived here as well. But I wonder whether V HD will really pull as much audience here as a Mandarin, Spanish or Tagalog (Filipino) language channel. Given HD channels use the same capacity as 4 or 5 SD ones, launching 10 new French HD channels in the Toronto market (which Rogers has done recently) means trade-offs.
It looks like WYSIWYG is, at least, a happier camper than before.