I would rather see the transponder space on the 103 slot go to HD programming with national interest (H2, ID, TVLand, Cooking, and all of the other HD basics people are clammoring for), and I would rather see less compression of the SD channels that are already on 101. The Spanish Lakers channel should be on 119 with the other foreign language channels. For that matter, the main TWCSN could go on 119, since those of us on the east coast cannot watch the Lakers games on TWCSN anyway. I do not know what DirecTV ended up paying for TWCSN, but I hope they are not paying for viewers outside of the Lakers territory. I get the channel, but there is nothing on it.
Again, the TWC channel doesn't keep any of those channels from being launched. It doesn't tie up all the space they have left.
Also, you can't run any national channel in the sports pack off 119. It is in the sports pack for anyone, and more importantly, its part of the nba league pass for channels, so games on that channel are available to everyone that subscribes to that package. Also, NO channels broadcast in HD for the English channels are coming off of anything other than 103 or 99. It can not go on 119.
Also, lets face it, sd is not going to change, and any one channel isn't going to make the difference. Unless you can figure out how to free up 60 plus channels, there will be no change there, and I think we all know that won't happen. If you want quality, its HD and that's all there is to it.
And also, the normal install anymore is a 3 lnb dish, which also means NO 119 access. No core programming of any kind goes to 119 anymore. Its foreign language or sd locals in a few markets. Anyone else gets just the 3lnb dish.
Claiming this channel is eating resources and should be put on a different sat are not good arguments. The price, sure, but its not stopping other hd from launching, and it would cost millions to make everyone go back to 5lnbs, which just isn't going to happen.