My friend Rune was tweeting about how great OTA (over-the-air) HD picture quality is with a strong signal, as good as Blu-Ray and better than HD on cable: http://twitpic.com/tk492
OTA HD television broadcast signals combined with the pleasure of the iTunes/Apple TV buying experience is a great combination to beat $100+ cable bills common in Canada. Most customers want the content that they want, when they want, in high quality formats and highly usable interfaces. Cable does not deliver this.
Broadcasters resist delivering this experience and have delivered themselves into the hands of cablecos by not supporting web delivery of high quality content on multiple platforms. The also are under utilizing the spectrum they have with spotty digital over-the-air digital signal strength.
The broadcaster vs cableco “save local TV” vs “TV tax” debate masks the true failure of both sides of this industry.
If we are to have a TV tax, a la the UK, I want it to go to a new form of public/nonprofit broadcasting, not to weak media conglomerates with weak business models riding the coattails of US content and cheap generic reality programming.