There are many of us that wish Viacom would offer VH1C in HD. This can be found in the HD Anticipation thread. Besides, these channels add pennies to our cable bills (I don't watch the others listed either). The one that does add a lot to your bill is the ESPN suite.
Pennies add up, especially for channels that are forced on the carriers because their owners will not allow more popular channels to be carried without a carriage offer for the "lesser networks". If a company like Viacom can force a carrier to carry a dollar or two per month worth of "lesser channels" that fewer people watch that money has to come from somewhere. The bandwidth needs to come from somewhere as well ... even if the channel is in SD bandwidth is needed to transmit it. And if the channel is available in HD the provider would be crazy not to push for HD carriage.
I know Formula One is going to NBC Sports Net. I'm wondering what will become of the other non-NASCAR auto racing content once the change takes place.
It will probably get pushed off to "Fox Sports 2" when "Fox Sports 1" is needed for non-racing sports.
87 million subscribers to SPEED, 37 million subscribers to Fuel. Unless that changes over the next year the better sports should end up on SPEED (FS1) and the other stuff on Fuel (FS2).
BTW: In answer to an earlier question, both satellite providers could move Fuel next to Speed without seriously disrupting their channel lineups.