Thanks for the info HisWeirness:
I call BS on the reasoning for dropping US from our cable packages. It's all about squeezing more money out of people. If it were true about being able to show programming in HD then most of the other channels would have to switch to the paid subscription route as well. NBC among other channels have already aired programs in HD. Everyone can't afford to keep paying additional fees each time one of the companies wants to pick up some extra $$$.Why has Universal Sports Network made the transition from free over-the-air "multicast" service to cable, satellite and telco TV providers on a subscription basis?Universal Sports Network offers some of the most compelling Olympic and adventure sports programming from around the world. This is valuable, exclusive content that merits the payment of subscription fees. Changing our distribution model from over-the-air digital multicast will also free us from bandwidth constraints and allow us to offer the network in high definition (HD) for the first time. In the end, by making this transition, Universal Sports will be able to provide a better viewing experience to the many passionate fans of the sports we televise.
It reminds me of Xfinity's (I think it's Xfinity) cable package in which you choose your main viewing interest. If you choose sports but also want to watch one of the cooking channels and say Animal Planet then it's your regular monthly cable bill plus ten dollars extra per each additional channel. How many people only watch one type of programming. Maybe I'm just a cynic.