I agree, what is the point of launching the channel if it will be the same as the SD version?! Here is the wording from the CRTC site:
programming on the analog service and on the upgraded service will be comparable, that is, not less than 95% of the video and audio components will be the same, exclusive of the commercial messages and of any part of the service carried on a subsidiary signal. Further, all programming making up the 5% allowance will be provided in HD.
The hearing for YTV's anime channel started Nov. 14, but that means nothing. The CRTC takes months to announce a decision, stupid but what you do?!