Dish's big HD press release yesterday failed to address Regional Sports Networks. Cable and Directv will win subscribers from Dish, if Dish does not provide Regional Sports Networks in HD. There is a certain class of subscriber that will not sign up with Dish, unless Regional Sports Networks are provided by Dish in HD. Dish is well aware of the importance of Regional Sports Networks. Dish filed a complaint with the FCC a few years ago against Comcast for withholding Sportsnet Philadelphia. The FCC decided in favor of Comcast on the land line transmission exception. Dish went ahead and appealed to the Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, DC and lost. As a subscriber, I commend Dish for taking this action. Both Dish and Directv have currently filed comments with the FCC regarding the purchase of Adelphia assets by Comcast and Time Warner asking for complete access to Regional Sports Networks as a condition of the purchase, regardless of how transmitted. Again, I commend Dish for taking this action. I also commend Dish for taking its stance on OLN. Comcast is abusing its market power as a vertically integrated company when it comes to sports. Comcast because of its vertical integration and position as the largest multichannel video provider with about 30 million subscribers, cannot lose when it acquires exclusive programming to broadcast sports. Comcast adjusts its own subscribers basic packages by showing less channels (so less fees are paid to non Comcast television producers) and raises its own fees to make a profit on the sports programming. Comcast then turns around and tells other multichannel video providers that the sports channel has to be placed in one of your basic packages so that it can maximize its profit. Some multi channel video providers balk at Comcast's terms, so many sports fans are shut off from their favorite sports programming, because they do not live in a community that has Comcast cable. Comcast' s terms of putting the sports channels in basic packages, has many millions of subscribers, not interested in sports programming, subsidizing multimillion dollar salaries for athletes, enormous profits for some sports teams and Comcast's bottom line. Dish is very committed to providing sports to subscribers. The Dish sports packages are very good. The sports packages are the only reason that I am still with Dish not HD. Dish does not have Directv's exclusive NFL package, but Dish has everything else. The Directv NFL package is primarily attractive to out of market football fans. If I was an out of market football fan, I would be with Directv not Dish. But I am an in market fan. I generally can get all Eagles, Jets and Giants games in HD, plus Sunday night and Monday night football in HD. That is enough football for me. A friend of mine in my community has Directv sunday package in HD. But he is an Eagles fan and most of his football viewing is still the Eagles. Directv is offering YES HD in my community. I would prefer to have Philadelphia Comcast Sportsnet HD, but that is not available on satellite or cable to me. However, I do watch MSG and Fox Sports NY. Those channels are available in HD on cable. Dish provides them in SD. It is very disappointing that the Dish website still says NBATV HD is available on channel 9466. Not one game has be shown in HD this season. I emailed Dish and the response was it is not currently available. No explanation. INHD, which I have on cable, is broadcasting all NBATV HD games and all OLN hockey games in HD. INHD also broadcasts three MLB games a week in HD, including games from Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia. So I cannot give up cable. If I had to make a decision between Dish and cable, I would have to choose cable because of the sports content in HD. Right now I can afford two providers, but eventually one will be dropped. Most people cannot afford two providers. I saw a survey that three percent of multi video channel subscribers have both cable and satellite. With the MLB EI package last season, Directv was generally offering two games a day in HD. Dish was offering one. I would hope that with MPEG4, Dish begins offering at least two games a day in HD on MLB EI, NHL center ice and NBA league pass. Most of these games are already in HD on regional sports networks.