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Directv Next 24 Market for HD Service.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by LMckin, Feb 22, 2006.

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  1. LMckin

    LMckin Godfather

    Jan 5, 2006
    DIRECTV Announces Next 24 Markets to Receive High-Definition Local Channels in Spring 2006; Local HD Markets Will Total 36, Representing More Than 58 Percent of U.S. Television Homes
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2006--Continuing to widely expand its local high-definition (HD) programming services, DIRECTV, Inc. (NYSE: DTV), the nation's leading digital television service provider, today named the next 24 U.S. markets that will receive local HD programming.

    Beginning in April of this year, DIRECTV will roll out the first of the 24 new markets, offering HD programming from the four primary broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Customers with the appropriate DIRECTV HD receiving equipment, who subscribe to a programming package that includes local channels, will receive both the standard and HD signals at no extra monthly charge.

    The 24 local markets to receive HD programming include:

    Baltimore Minneapolis, Minn.
    Birmingham, Ala. Nashville, Tenn.
    Charlotte, N.C. Orlando, Fla.
    Cleveland Phoenix
    Columbus, Ohio Pittsburgh
    Denver Raleigh, N.C.
    Fresno, Calif. Sacramento, Calif.
    Hartford, Conn. Salt Lake City
    Indianapolis San Diego
    Kansas City, Mo./Kan. Seattle
    Miami St Louis, Mo.
    Milwaukee, Wisc. West Palm Beach, Fla.

    "The expansion of local HD programming is one of the cornerstones of our brand strategy to provide the best entertainment experience for DIRECTV's customers and sets us apart from our competition," said Dan Fawcett, executive vice president, DIRECTV, Inc. "With the rollout of 24 new local HD markets, we will offer access to DIRECTV-delivered local HD programming to 58 percent of U.S. television homes. We expect to expand our HD local coverage to even more markets later this year."

    DIRECTV currently offers standard-definition local channels in 141 markets, covering nearly 94 percent of television households in the country, as well as 12 HD local channel markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tampa and Washington, D.C. With the launch of two new satellites -- DIRECTV 10 and DIRECTV 11 -- in 2007, DIRECTV will have the ability to deliver more than 1,500 local HD and digital channels and 150 national HD channels, in addition to new advanced programming services for customers.

    All DIRECTV local HD programming is being transmitted via MPEG-4 AVC, the new standard in digital video compression and advanced modulation that more than doubles the efficiency of DIRECTV's capacity.

    Customers can receive local HD channels by purchasing the new H20 HD receiver and a satellite dish that has the ability to receive programming from five different orbital locations and Ka-band signals. Through Feb. 28, DIRECTV is offering new and existing customers a $200 mail-in rebate on the purchase of a DIRECTV HD Receiver. (Limit one rebate per account.) Receiving equipment is available at major consumer electronics retailers like Best Buy and Circuit City, and through DIRECTV.

    About DIRECTV, Inc.

    DIRECTV, Inc. is the nation's leading digital television service provider with more than 15 million customers. DIRECTV and the Cyclone Design logo are registered trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc. DIRECTV (NYSE: DTV) is a world-leading provider of digital multichannel television entertainment services. DIRECTV is approximately 34 percent owned by News Corporation.

    Robert Mercer, 310-726-4683


    "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding The DIRECTV Group, Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.
  2. GrandMasta

    GrandMasta New Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    very nice :) SLC on the list.
  3. nkaveti

    nkaveti Cool Member

    Jan 14, 2005
    Does anyone have any idea as what E* is planning for HD locals?
  4. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    You would be better served asking that question in the Dish HD discussion forum. Suffice it to say that E* started deploying HD locals three weeks ago and is up to four or five markets versus the 12 delivered by D*.
  5. jwholm

    jwholm New Member

    Feb 23, 2006
    I currently have the HD TIVo HD-10, I was wondering if there is , or soon going to be a HD DVR receiver using MPEG-4 when the roll out the HD locals for my area.

    Thanks JW
  6. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    They're working on the MPEG4 capable HD DVR now....no exact date for when it will be ready, but that goes right in line for when the next 24 markets start going live as well.....no exact date.....

  7. kenglish

    kenglish Icon

    Oct 2, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    Hey! Now you can pay someone to sell you a fraction of what you can get free OTA.
  8. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    It all depends on where you live. There are a good percentage of people in the US that have zero access to any OTA for any number of reasons...
  9. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    "Free" is a relative term with respect to OTA programming. If it costs you big bucks to get a suitable antenna installed, it isn't really free. If your housing situation doesn't allow a suitable antenna, then satellite (or cable) may be your only hope.

    To be an alternative to the competition, you have to offer much of what they offer. This is why they are doing what they can with the big four. Until Spaceway 2 is operational, they probably don't have much room to add markets in HD much less expand the offerings. Looking forward to D10 and D11 adding 1000 HD locals between the two, they should have enough bandwidth to carry many more locals. Until then, they need to spread the bandwidth around and give everyone much of what they need versus some of the people everything.

    I wouldn't be surprised if they don't add in CW after that conglomeration happens.
  10. RayChuang1654

    RayChuang1654 Cool Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    ...Should I hold off getting the service until D* starts high definition service in April in my area? I think that it will require a new receiver and dish antenna to receive this service (I don't want the local installer coming out twice because I have to upgrade! :nono: ).
  11. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    You should hold off until they have exactly the offer you want in terms of hardware and programming. If you want an HD DVR that can do your locals, wait. If you don't want a DVR, learn more about them until you do.
  12. Ed Campbell

    Ed Campbell Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    Any "otherwise reliable" rumors about when Swy 2 goes online. I'm outside the 1st 36; but, I have had a retention rep tell me I should be getting MPG4 before the year is out.
  13. briloop

    briloop Cool Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    Any speculation as to when and where the next expansion will happen? I live in Austin, TX.
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