Registered: Dec 2000
Location: Long Branch, NJ, USA
quote: DirecTV has said they are planning on the top 30 local markets getting HD locals in 2005; probably utilizing DirecTV 8S, since that's going to launch in 2005.
Originally posted by dandrewk
518 local channels? I don't remember what D* said about opening up more local markets, but I don't think it was anywhere hear 518 more local channels. Is that bandwidth solely for the LILs?
Ok, 12 potential HD channels. Sorry if you answered this in your post, but do those channels have to be national? If not, any idea how many spot HD channels could they fit in that bandwidth?
There are a lot of folks (including myself ) that want more national HD (Starz, TNT etc), but also need to have local channel HD service. I am hoping major market local HD will be offered soon.
And read the rest of the paragraph where I said 518 -- that's a max, if the squeezed 14 channels per transponder, which they can do, but it's not their usual of 12 per transponder. So with the 143 channels already carried moving over to the spot beans, they have room for at least 301, and maybe as many as 375 _more_ local channels. They have 42 more markets announced, so that would be an average of 7.1 to 8.9 stations per market. And the nature of spot beams also does mean there'll be some space going to waste since they may not have room to add a local market to a spot beam, because they have to carry all the stations in the market, not just a subset and there may not be enough bandwidth to add one more full market.
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