This is in the running for my favorite excuse for considering RSNs (as DirecTV provides them) to be 24/7 National HD channels. If there is a black out and I don't turn on the channel at that time, the black-out essentially does not exist. This brings up interesting possibilities. I can consider DirecTV to be carrying AMC HD, BBCA HD, etc and as long as I don't attempt to watch the channels it must be true.
It's good to know that the OP is more willing to listen to arguments that TNT HD, USA HD, or ESPN HD should not be considered "National HD" channels than FSN Cincinnati. Shows you the real reason for the list. Someone couldn't stand the idea that many people don't consider nationally provided, black-out prone, RSNs to be true national channels and had to make an "official" list where RSNs were the most sacred national channels. It seems like another example of someone using a perceived bias to excuse an obvious, and clearly stated bias.
DirecTV's website already carries that kind of list and doesn't confuse the argument any further by including part-time RSNs and RSN Alternative channels.
Just a few things:
1. You missed Satelliteracer's point. No one is pretending a blackout doesn't happen if they don't tune to that channel. He relies on RSN's for collegiate sports...which are not blacked. Pro sports are blacked out, a very large amount of collegiate sports are not. RSN's provide a ton of non-blacked out regional content, nationally in HD. Therefore, RSN's are national HD channels.
2. Who is talking about regarding TNT, USA, and ESPN? No one is arguing over their status.
3. RSN's are no more sacred than any other channel. The purpose of this list is to count all HD channels, not just certain HD channels.
This thread isn't here for us to attack and complain about each other. If we include everything, leaving no stone un-turned, there should be no complaints. Let's all just get along and play nice. If folks prefer a less inclusive comparison list, there are others out there.
I am not simply doing this for myself. This is for every member here and anyone else who may come across it. Everyone has been extremely supportive and helpful. This has been a very nonpartisan thread and I hope we can keep it that way.
Thank you for your input. Let's make this the best list we can for DirecTV and Dish Network customers.