Yes, Rogers is certainly stuck in 1998... Back then they had a robust VOD service, they had dual-tuner PVRs, dozens and dozens of HD channels, Rogers on Demand Online, 50 Mbps Internet... 1998 was absolutely great.
No AMC HD is really a puzzle with Rogers. I believe they have Mad Men in HD on the on demand service for free. So clearly they have some arrangement with AMC. Why they don't have the HD channel in the lineup is, as I said, a real puzzle.
Actually they use to have AMC's series in HD on the on-demand but not anymore, just in SD. I'm guessing they don't have AMC HD because their is some negotiation issue that Rogers may not like. Supposedly not much HD stuff anyways on AMC, just stretched. I'm sure we'll see it at some point.
AMC HD actually has quite a bit of HD content these days. There is quite a few providers that are having negotiation issues with AMC HD. Rogers, Cogeco and Source Cable. They all have AMC SD but not HD. I'm assuming AMC-HD wants to be in every HD package similar to HDNet.
It's an interesting conundrum. bigoranget you are correct. Maken, you're also right.. But what happens when everyone downloads it? The content maker has to get paid at some point. Hopefully the pressure from people turning away from providers results in a bit more reasonable requests from the channels and more reasonable pricing in the end.
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