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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Jun 29, 2012.
Any rumors as to the next HD channel(s) to be launched, other than sports?
As far as basic HD? Not heard a thing.... I think we won't see much action during the Olympics anyways. After that, yeah, some sports are expected, but no news and or hints for anything else.
SatelliteRacer, want to drop a hint on us?
Satracer did post a pic of Jerry Stiller & a festivus pole recently by no word since then
That was for TCM.
Which we had known since July 2.
And confirmed by another forum on the 3rd.
You know when Christmas is coming every year too, but you don't put up the tree in July.
Perhaps there is hope for my market's lineup after all!
The agreement both satellite providers made with the FCC states that by February 2013, in any market where that provider carries any local station in HD they must offer all local stations carriage in HD. So if you live in a market with at least one local HD station expect them all by next February - but if you live in a market with no HD local carriage the satellite company can remain all SD. It is a "carry one, carry all" requirement - just like the rules for carrying SD.
Perhaps this will further encourage Alan ... perhaps not. It all depends on if there is any local carriage in the market.
Yeah... I couldn't remember the year. Potentially good news though...
I wonder if there is a loophole in the agreement when the channel offers an HD feed, but does not broadcast it over the air.
Either way, the February 2013 rule certainly explains DirecTV's agressive local additions.
I believe so ... it must be transmitted for it to be protected. This doesn't mean a satellite carrier cannot carry a HD feed of a station that only transmits SD ... only that they would not be required to.
Yep. I wasn't complete earlier. What I don't recall is if it's all markets immediately, or if it scales in.
The LA market has one like that just launched;
KJLA-DT 57 broadcast only in SD, in fact they have to since there's no available bandwidth for HD as they broadcast nine secondary sub-channels! :sure:
Yet its on DIRECTV in 720p.
It scales in. Effective last February (2012) 60% of all markets with at least one channel carried in HD had to offer HD carriage to all channels in the market that broadcast HD (as a primary signal). Prior to February 2012 the threshold was 30%.
(Note "of markets with at least one channel in HD" - if a market has no HD locals carried or no carriage at all it doesn't count against the percentage. For example, if 100 of the 210 markets had at least one channel per market in HD then right now HD carriage would have to be offered to all channels in 60 of those markets. The other 110 markets could remain SD or not carried.)
The agreement with the FCC is only the minimum. Satellite carriers can carry channels beyond the minimum they agreed with the FCC to carry (for example, second HD feeds where a single station transmits two HD channels or non-broadcast HD versions of the SD broadcasts).
The good news is that, within the agreement, it means more HD - even if it is only within local markets. The bad news is that there is no timeline as to when all stations in all markets must be offered HD carriage.
Sub-channels. Bit-starving, parasitic sub-channels.
Officials Expect DIRECTV to Carry Pac 12 Network
By Phillip Swann (07.27.2012)
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott addresses TV negotiations, scheduling, Penn State penalties
By Jon Wilmer (07.24.2012)
So, nothing about actual negotiations going on, just "our stuff is great! and if Directv doesn't pay whatever we demand for it, it's all their fault."