Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times
Scott Benson, 27, is pictured in front of his 42-inch high-definition television (which is showing an IMAX movie, "Fighter Pilots: Operation Red Flag") in his Los Feliz apartment. Benson is frustrated because his cable TV company, Time Warner, offers only 16 HD channels to basic-cable subscribers in the Los Angeles area. His apartment building forbids satellite dishes, so Benson can't switch to DirectTV or Dish Network, which offer far more HD channels. It makes you feel trapped, he says.