With the new Echostar satellite, does anyone know if Dish network plans to put any of its HDTV feeds on 110 or 119 satellites?
An extra dish and switch in addition to a receiver just for 2 or 3 extra channels is a little stupid for me...
Maybe a few channels at most would be great.... I would love to forgo half of the channels I view as 'crap' content and get HBO, Showtime, Discovery, and ESPN on HD.
It would make sense, so any dish 500 customer would be able to get HDTV just with a receiver upgrade.
If not now, do you guys think it will eventually happen?
I know the failure of the merger messes with possibilities for increased capacity for both networks, but I don't see how it should change the possibility for a universal receiver upgrade to take care of PSK (right? thats the newer 40% more efficient one) encoding. The unit cost difference between manufacturing 7-8 million and 20 million new STBs for distribution must be negligible. I bet with an efficient design, they could pump these units out at their cost of $10-$25/crack WITH HDTV decoding onboard -IF- they're doing 7-8 million of them at once. Hell manufacturers could compete for the business of DirecTV and Dish since they both want the same upgrade. The way I look at it, its a write off and a necessary expense to continue competing with Cable. Even at $50/unit cost, thats a one month revenue writeoff. Makes for one horrible quarter - who cares, the market will understand.
Hell it would be cheaper than the $600 million charlie supposedly has to pay hughes. What is that from anyway?
Much cheaper than launching a new satellite for extra capacity, right?
The way I see it, this likely failure of the merger only IMPROVES things for the customers. It keeps competition thriving AND it forces the satellite cos to agressively upgrade their networks to maximize capacity. Dish and DirecTV will compete to do this in order to offer more local channels, and HDTV. The way I see it, a merger would only slow the process down. Lets not be blindsided by the public claims of these large companies. They just want to postpone the inevitable by instantly gaining capacity with network combination.