I just found this article on a local new channels website. Apparently LIN and Dish Network have made a deal which includes their HD format. Maybe this could lead to a deal with DirecTV soon! LIN TV reaches deal with DISH Network Posted: March 13, 2008 06:30 PM ENGLEWOOD, Colo. & PROVIDENCE, R.I.- March 13, 2008--DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), the leader in digital television and the nation's third largest pay-TV provider, and LIN TV Corp. (NYSE: TVL), a local television and digital media company, today announced they have entered into an agreement for the retransmission of LIN TV's broadcast stations in both standard and high-definition. The deal covers television stations owned and/or operated by LIN TV spanning 17 markets. The retransmission agreement includes: KASA-TV and KRQE-TV (Albuquerque); KXAN-TV and KNVA-TV (Austin); WIVB-TV and WNLO-TV (Buffalo); WWHO-TV (Columbus); WDTN-TV (Dayton); WANE-TV (Ft. Wayne); WOOD-TV and WOTV-TV (Grand Rapids); WLUK-TV (Green Bay); WTNH-TV and WCTX-TV (Hartford-New Haven); WISH-TV and WNDY-TV (Indianapolis); WLFI-TV (Lafayette); WALA-TV and WBPG-TV (Mobile); WAVY-TV and WVBT-TV (Norfolk); WPRI-TV and WNAC-TV (Providence); WWLP-TV (Springfield); WTHI-TV (Terre Haute) and WUPW-TV (Toledo). In addition, DISH Network and LIN TV have reached a new marketing and promotional agreement to encourage consumers to switch to DISH Network if LIN TV's local station signal is removed from a cable system. The parties will jointly market LIN TV's availability on DISH Network so viewers will have the opportunity to continue watching their favorite local news and programming. Other details include an agreement to build awareness of the upcoming digital transition. DISH Network and LIN TV will work together to educate consumers about the February 17, 2009 switch by providing information about transition requirements and digital-to-analog converter boxes. DISH Network offers a government coupon-eligible digital-to-analog converter box that retails at $39.99 and is essentially free to consumers with the coupon. "This multi-faceted agreement with DISH Network confirms our desire to deliver high-quality digital programming to all our viewers and to find creative ways to promote the digital transition. It ensures that our viewers will always have an alternative means of accessing the most important channels on television," said Vincent L. Sadusky, president and chief executive officer of LIN TV Corp. "Our mutually acceptable economic agreement with DISH Network reflects the value of broadcast television on multi-channel television providers." "We are pleased that we were able to come to an agreement with LIN TV, both to retransmit their signals and to enhance our marketing capabilities," said Eric Sahl, senior vice president of programming for DISH Network. "We are excited to have a local network broadcast partner that we can work with to build awareness about the important upcoming digital transition." "We are committed to leading the digital transition across the country, and this relationship is a big part of that commitment to consumers," said DISH Network senior vice president and chief marketing officer Jessica Insalaco. "DISH Network customers will be supported with ongoing carriage of popular LIN TV stations in local markets and with 100 percent digital programming and transmission throughout the transition period. If you have DISH Network, you will always be on the cutting edge of all things digital." Cable customers who are affected by future channel retransmission disputes in LIN TV markets and who wish to switch to DISH Network should call 1-888-DISH-950 to sign up.