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James Long said:
"Every so often" and "never show" HD channels are not really what we're hoping for. :)
The reality is that it's going to be several years before most networks are showing 100% of their NEW content in HD. And most of the re-runs will be SD forever, with possible exceptions for older shows shot on film that can be remastered.

NickAtNite/TV Land in HD? Not much point in that unless someone is paying for a whole lot of new transfers.

At least channels like Comedy Central, while not "needing" to be in HD necessarily, still have lots of newly-created content that CAN be in HD, and will be produced that way as things go forward.
 

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mystic7 said:
Too many "HD" channels are still producing new content in SD. Bravo comes to mind, and of course the ubiquitous MTV.
Shows were still produced in B&W for a time after color TV was introduced. That doesn't mean that it will be that way forever.

Many projects that are coming out now were green-lit and funded years ago. Moving to HD for a network means abandoning many millions of dollars of SD equipment and retraining every employee. It's expensive, and given that companies own multiple networks, what usually happens is that they are converted one by one, or at most a few at a time, to spread out the cost and risks.

3 years from now, nearly every network is going to be HD for all new content. Market pressures will virtually guarentee that. People who get used to HD hate watching SD, so they don't. Networks that don't convert won't survive. There will be exceptions, such as "classic TV" like Nick AT Nite, but many of those shows either are stored on SD video or don't have original film masters available for HD conversion.
 
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