I'm fairly new to OTA, been a cable subscriber for a long time, so the existance of subchannels is fairly new and exciting. I feel like I may be the only one excited because in the time I spent searching for information on what the local stations might do, I've come up completely empty. I was wondering what everyone here thought the local stations might do with their subchannels and what everyone wants them to do (certainly..."doing nothing" is a valid response). Here are my wants and guesses, let me know yours.
ABC is multicasting weather and RTN: don't want anything else from them.
PBS is multicasting the Wisconsin channel and Create/Kids: this is alright...don't have enough experience with the channels to have an opinion yet. I am glad Kids has some daytime hours.
Fox, CBS, NBC, MyN, and CW do not have any.
Fox: I wouldn't mind seeing them have a 24hr news channel. I have pretty low expectations with this being a LIN TV station. According to rabbitears.info, LIN owns 31 stations and only a handful are multicasting. All of the multicasts are plug and play weather channels too. Maybe they are keeping their options open, but they don't seem to be experimenting with much right now. Also I want my Packer games in 1080i.
CW: I could see The CW multicasting something like This TV or Untamed Sports. I'd be happy with one or both of those.
MyN: My "want" with MyN is for them to multicast the Ion channels, which I think they are the most likely station to do so. This would bring the Ion channel, Qubo (kid's programming), and Ion Life to our homes. If not, I could also see them doing something like This TV or Untamed Sports.
NBC: Two likely possibilities are Universal Sports and/or Mexicanal (latino programming). Universal Sports is being multicast on over 10% of NBC stations and a few NBC stations owned by the Journal Broadcast Group multicast Mexicanal.
Universal Sports wouldn't be bad to have, not a strong want though.
CBS: WFRV is my wild card in all of this. Being one of two TV stations owned by Liberty Media (Starz, Game Show Network, few FSN networks, Sirius Radio) it seems like they have the content to put together one or two great subchannels, whether they'd be able to make a profit on them...I'm not sure. My want is a variety channel with movies in the evening.
Other OTA channels to keep an eye on:
dot2 Network: Maybe too ambitious. Was suppose to launch in Dec 2008; delayed until later this year. Apparently they have a licensing agreement with Sony Pictures, so they would broadcast fairly current movies.
MeTV: Broadcast in Chicago/Racine/Milwaukee. Our proximity makes this one to keep an eye on. Content is similar to an RTN or This TV.