When I first heard about Charlie chat I thought oh how cool, and I actually tried to get in a question. Not knowing how it really worked, I called in and of course got a screener. I wanted to ask about HD locals and when they might be available on Dish Network but I could tell instantly that there was no way I was gonna be able to ask the question. The screener put me on hold, then came back with some scripted answer saying we are looking forward to offering HD locals in the future. So I said can I ask Charlie about it and he said no, I said can I ask about new HD channels in general and he said no. I was very irritated as was the screener so I asked are there current plans for an HD locals rollout? After a few more minutes of back and forth he said I don’t think we’re gonna be offering that anytime soon. I asked what does that mean and he said maybe by 2010 we will have that available. He said they were still working on adding non HD locals to other parts of the country and HD locals are simply not a priority. I was rather surprised by this answer although it took me a while to get it out of him. My initial reaction was disbelief but now I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes another half decade to get HD locals through Dish Network. Considering how long its taking DirecTV to roll out HD locals and since Dish hasn’t even started its gonna be a really long time before they offer HD locals. When I first heard about Dish buying Voom’s satellites, I figured they just wanted the bandwidth which they would use to start rolling out HD locals or at least begin the process. But from what I have seen, they are keeping the Voom Channels and trying to offer more national HD channels to become the largest national HD provider in one big move which I’m sure they’ll use in some marketing campaign. I hope I’m wrong and they actually do plan on using the bandwidth for HD locals. The Voom channels are a waste in my opinion. Consider the fact that Voom could hardly sell any subscriptions and eventually went out of business. There channels are just a waste and although its nice to have more HD channels, I would rather have my HD locals. But it looks like Dish Network customers will have to use that OTA for a long while.