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Press Release: New HD Local Markets, plus Summer and Fall Launch Plans

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by Rob Glasser, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. stackthepads30

    stackthepads30 Cool Member

    Feb 10, 2006
    Of course no view in sight for HD locals in Rockford, IL. Being only 75 miles from Chicago, you would think that the area of 250,000 would be a candidate. This is the one thing that hasn't gotten me to reactivate my dishnetwork subscription after I moved from Pa. (where I had hd locals for a few years out there). Football is just not enjoyable on dishnetwork watching it in sd....
  2. dishlover2

    dishlover2 Legend

    Aug 23, 2008
    harrisburg hd when r they rolling out what month?

    this will mean the additions of my 21 2 wlyh 15 on channel 23 on hd aka 15.1
    nbc weather plus wgal news 8 8.2 dtv 58 8.1 wgal nbc hd
    fox43 wpmt channels 43.1 47.1 they used to run the tube but they folded tied into all tribune affiliates ie wpix 11 wphl 17 which changed to mnt from wb and upn 57 became cw 57 tied into the cbs and tribune merger cbs paramount warner brothers each owning 50 percent of each others stations
  3. davethestalker

    davethestalker Godfather

    Sep 16, 2006


    Just in time too, our CBS seems to have a weaker signal than our ABC :eek2:
  4. Bobby H

    Bobby H Legend

    Mar 23, 2008
    I guess I'm getting a little more annoyed with the foot dragging from E* on adding any new HD locals.

    For about the past month D* has been steadily adding roughly 3 new HD locals markets every week. E* hasn't done anything significant in the HD locals area since early July.

    Several markets (including the one serving my area of the country) have been uplinked and ready to go since early April. But little to anything at all has been happening in that regard since then.

    It would seem like the task of making more HD locals available to E* customers would have a currently high priority.

    The new NFL season kicks off tonight (NY Giants and Washington on NBC). E* customers depend mostly on major network channels for NFL coverage. ESPN covers only 1 or 2 games per week. NFL Network isn't going to be showing games live until halfway through the season.

    The fall TV season is about to get underway with no writer's strike to screw up things either.

    I hardly watch the SD versions of my local channels via satellite because they look like garbage. I get the ABC affiliate over the air in HD, but they don't have any NFL games.

    Anyway, I just don't understand the holdup on making more of these HD locals available. E* is going to have to get on the stick about this promptly if they intend to reach that year end goal of 100 HD locals markets being covered.
  5. tkrandall

    tkrandall Hall Of Fame

    Oct 3, 2003
    Such leapfrogging should be expected when either operator brings on line a sat enabling all new capacity, as D* has with D11.
  6. JBT

    JBT Cool Member

    Jul 7, 2008
    More D* locals added again... E* is starting to annoy me. Tucson AZ ha been on the list for locals forever and still nothing...
    OTA reception is no good at my place other wise I wouldn't be so annoyed.

    The thing that annoys me the most is the sales person said HD locals were available when i signed up. I guess thats all on me for believing them though :(
  7. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2004
    They are adding locals in the east on Eastern Arc, new locals in the west will not come until the new 129 satellite is up.
  8. Ssstar18

    Ssstar18 New Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    what about in Memphis TN? are two dishes required in this market in order to receive HD locals/channels?
  9. Bobby H

    Bobby H Legend

    Mar 23, 2008
    That replacement satellite is supposed to be launched when, late October? November? Add weeks or even months of testing once the "bird" reaches the 129° position. On that time table it could be February or March of 2009 before the replacement satellite becomes fully operational.

    It sounds like yet another reason why it seems increasingly doubtful that E* has any chance at all of reaching at that end of 2008 goal of 100 markets of HD local channels.
  10. natem50

    natem50 Cool Member

    Jul 19, 2007
    Welcome to my frustration. They said the same things about Indy, and that was 2 years ago! Indy isn't even on the uplink list any longer. I just hope that as they make a push for local HD markets, Indy gets looked at again. Tired of not being able to record multiple HD programs at the same time.
  11. projectorguru

    projectorguru Godfather

    Mar 5, 2007
    I have numberous e-mails to dish including the ceo addy, and no replies in over three months on when Harrisburg pa will be added, I've pretty much given up hope on Dish
  12. SandyG3

    SandyG3 AllStar

    Nov 28, 2002
    Still no HD locals from Waco, TX. :(
  13. mclip_66

    mclip_66 New Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    I have been wondering that for quite some time. 34th largest market and they can't get the HD channels. Ealier post said something about a dispute with the local networks but they already have the SD so not sure what's holding it up.
  14. JaguarJoJo

    JaguarJoJo Mentor

    Apr 19, 2006
    No Columbus, no Cincinnati, no Dayton--but OK to Fargo! Go figure!

  15. Rob052067

    Rob052067 Mentor

    Nov 20, 2008
    DBS Now Offers Local HD in 84 Markets
    Multichannel News, 11/20/2008

    Dish Network has added local HDTV channels in eight markets: Charleston-Huntington, W.Va.; Cincinnati; Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Pa.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.; Louisville, Ky.; and Wichita Falls, Texas and Lawton, Okla.

    Dish Network now offers local channels in 84 markets reaching 76% of U.S. TV households, the satellite provider said Thursday.

    The company also announced that it will begin transmitting in MPEG-4 delivery system to consumers in nine additional markets in the eastern half of the United States. Now, consumers who sign up for Dish Network in 61 markets will receive all standard and HDTV programming in the MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding Standard. In August, Dish Network became the first pay-TV provider to offer all-MPEG-4 service.

  16. joe42

    joe42 AllStar

    Nov 5, 2006

    Yep. That figures. Adds those but not Ada-OK/Sherman-TX. :nono:
  17. Bobby H

    Bobby H Legend

    Mar 23, 2008
    In all fairness, the "addition" for the Wichita Falls / Lawton market was hardly an "add" at all. Just one channel out of four. LAME.

    I don't know the reasons behind why Sherman/Ada was downgraded from HD to just SD on the local channel uplink and addition plans. But E* did it.

    Wichita Falls/Lawton isn't Dallas, but it isn't a tiny viewing market either. Both of those cities each have well over 100,000 residents in their respective metro areas. Other surrounding towns within the DMA like Altus, Duncan, Chickasha, Seymour, Vernon, etc. (as well as the rural population in the many counties included in the DMA) bring the total near half a million potential viewers. The market is large enough to justify E* carrying all four major network affiliates in HD. Just one local channel in HD isn't going to cut it. That will just have many E* customers in this market rooting for D* to finally get their act in gear and counter E* with a complete set of HD locals.
  18. jclewter79

    jclewter79 Hall Of Fame

    Jan 8, 2008
    I emailed E* about the Sherman/Ada market and they claim they are still planned and coming but, offered no new timeline. Just a standard canned answer. Everybody in our market needs to at least let them know that we want them as promised. I don't know if it will help but, sometimes the squeaky wheel gets greased.

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