Ok I get it. Back when HDTV hit the scene it was a big deal and not everyone had one and not every station was broadcasting in HD. The cable providers charged extra for "HD channels" and a "HD set top box", etc. Local stations even made a big deal about including "HD" on thier on-screen DOG.
That was then, this is now. Virtually every channel and network broadcasts in HD. I assume 4K will be the next big thing but HD is now pretty much just normal TV. Local stations no longer even mention that they are HD. So when does HD just become TV and the cable providers stop charging a premium for it?
I am sure when the cable starts pumping out 4K they will charge an even higher premium for it than they do HD.
Had cable existed back in the days of B&W I'm sure they would have charged extra for "Color" when it became available. Remember all the old TV shows that made a big deal about being in color? I remember the intros to the shows like The FBI back in the early 70's always had "The FBI... in color" for their intro. But then later color became the norm and no one even mentioned it anymore.
Just a rant and curious.... gotta cut that cord ASAP!