We've certainly seen the head honchos give the cable companies a piece of their mind
before, but this time the carriers are receiving a fairly stiff scolding care of the National Association of Broadcasters
. David Rehr made sure to make every moment of his speech segment count, as he ripped cable providers for "downconverting
" the signals of local channels in order to boost the bandwidth available to "their own high-definition signals." Mr. Rehr even went so far as to call the process "broadcast discrimination," and we can only presume that certain providers -- such as Time Warner, who has ties to HBO and Comcast, which is strongly linked to Versus / Golf Channel -- are the targets of recent battles. Unsurprisingly, anonymous cable services have reportedly denied the claims of delusion, but how do the actual end-users see it? Let us know folks: is your cable company giving preferential treatment to channels it has vested interest in?