Totally understand, I looked at the Insight channel line up card again and did notice it said Effective date was 1/1/11.
It seems like we're spending too much time focused on whether or not one channel is in HD on some other system than the desire to have it in HD on DISH.
While not having the channel in HD anywhere makes it a harder get (it is harder to carry a channel in HD that is not distributed in HD) the channel can still be desired.
Most of the ~30 channels I noted DISH carries in SD but not HD are not carried in HD anywhere. Most hit the list because the channel providers announced plans to be in HD in 2010. Many didn't make it. There are also channels that have a known HD feed no major carrier carries or has a HD feed used by OTA stations/affiliates. Desiring a channel in HD doesn't change just because one cable company in one town becomes the first to carry it.
For example, the suite of Encore channels is anticipated. It doesn't matter if anyone else carries them or not ... they are still channels that people would like to see in HD.
I understand that Dish has no control over any individual channel being broadcast in HD but for 2011 I am putting my faith in Charlie taking the position "if it's available in HD Dish is going to carry it" 100%, period.
There is a problem with satellite space that prevents DISH from carrying every available HD feed. There is also a problem with providers who charge more for their HD feed than SD only carriage. Charlie would like to keep our bills lower. More HD and low bills are conflicting goals.