If you are a CBS or ABC programing fan, prepare to no longer be current with your programs. It may be time to buy a Kindle or other E-reader and cut off your cable or satellite subscriptions.
The following was posted on one of the Panama Yahoo groups.
Cable Onda Announces Changes to Channel Line up February 28, 2011
Why: ABC, ABC HD, NBC, CBS and / or CBS HD?
Major suppliers of cable TV programming have invested to accquire exclusive rights to broadcast in Latin America some content that ABC, CBS and NBC broadcast within the United States. Therefore, no ABC, CBS and NBC affiliate can transmit these series or special content outside the U.S, including Panamá.
Will the actual rate vary?
The rate remains the same, as stipulated in clause 6.2 of the service subscription contract. Cable Onda has added 4 new channels entering the line up on February 28 (Sony HD, A & E HD, Tru TV, and American Network). Nick Jr. entered the line up in January, Cubavisión and Multipremiere wich entered the line up in November 2010. In addition, Cable Onda added 20 new channels in July 2010 with no increase in rates. Unfortunately, the removal of these channels is beyon the control of Cable Onda. The change in line up has been duly notified to ASEP and ACODECO as is in compliance with all legal provision.
¿Will other companies have these channels available?
All pay TV companies in Panama and elsewhere, have to comply with this situation. Cable Onda offers several advantages over other competitors, including VoD service, the exclusive Cable Onda Sports channel and more HD content than others.
Where can the TV series be seen?
Most of the TV series can be seen through authorized channels for Latin America such as: Warner, Sony, Fox, AXN, and American Networks among others. Check the guide on your digital Cable box or the reference table above.
Which seasons will be transmitted?
The most popular TV series are transmitted in Latin America on average of 3 weeks after its release in USA and approximately 3 seasons before they broadcast on local TV.
¿Will these series be transmitted thru HD channels?
We have included 2 new HD channels that will replace CBS HD and ABC HD, channel A&E HD (322) and SONY HD (321) where you can see many of these series in high definition.
What type of programming does the American Network have?
The new American network channel also airs in English and it includes regular programming of ABC, CBS and NBC, such as: Wheel of Furtune, Jeopardy, Judge Judy, Iron Chef, Rachael Ray´s, The late show of David Letterman, The Young and the Restless, The Talk, Dr. Phil, and others.