So two stations that were previously using 6 MHz bandwidth each, will now share one channel, presumably using 3 MHz each.... and so each will have a 50% drop in picture quality. How is this a good thing for the consumer?
They are sharing 19MB data stream, it means dropping PQ or Sub channels or both
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if SyFy had been a paid cable network
SyFy is and SciFi was a paid cable network. Every customer who has SyFy in their lineup is paying somewhere between 20 cents to a dollar a month for the channel. The problem with any niche channel is once they get broad distribution it is more profitable to show generic garbage that gets more viewers than the niche content that started the channel. The fact that the Science Channel is showing science fiction content is another example of a niche channel going for a broader audience.