DISH Responds to NAB DTV Criticisms

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    It's really nice to see that Dish is actively working on this. I would like to get an HDTV CBS feed since my local affiliate is being slow about changing over to DTV.
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    From <a href="http://www.skyreport.com" target=none>SkyReport</A> (Used with permission)

    EchoStar responded to criticisms leveled by the National Association of Broadcasters earlier in the week concerning the company's proposal to broadcast via satellite digital distant network signals to cities where local stations are slow to upgrade to digital TV.

    "EchoStar's DISH Network wants to bring digital content to consumers. Broadcasters want further delay. At the very least, our proposal, which could apply to cable and other satellite operators, is fair and deserves consideration at the FCC," the company said in a statement.

    EchoStar made its DTV proposal in a letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission in late September. In a letter sent to FCC Chairman Michael Powell Wednesday, NAB President Eddie Fritts said EchoStar is "attempting to promote not the DTV transition, but the interests of EchoStar in securing waivers of local stations' rights against satellite importation of distant network signals into local television markets."

    The criticism of EchoStar followed the release of a survey conducted for the NAB that found more than four in 10 U.S. consumers are likely to buy a digital television set in the next few years.

    The telephone survey of 1,000 consumers conducted for the NAB found that 43 percent of respondents said they are either "extremely likely," "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to buy a new digital TV set in the next few years. StrategyOne, a Washington, D.C.,-based research firm, conducted the survey.

    Picture quality is the No. 1 driver when it comes to consumer interest in digital television, the NAB study said.
     

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