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BobaBird said:
The current effort is focused on filling the E*12 spot-beams from 61.5°. There's been little if any mention of the markets shown in the 11 western CONUS states while this is going on, but they'll probably need to get to them to reach the target of 100 by the end of the year. Or they may have to wait for the E*5 replacement at 129° which I'm guessing won't be in service until early 2009. Dish really needs everyone's launches to go smoothly this year so Ciel-2 can be in place before E*5 can no longer be kept in place.

p.s. There is room today for Tucson on a spot-beam from (IIRC) 110°.
Thanks very much for this info!!
 

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E* appears to be working loosely in the order of when each market was uplinked to the satellite. Some markets are lighting up earlier than others.

According to the E* Knowledge Base page on HD locals these are the markets currently uplinked to 61.5° in HD, but not yet available:

Greenville, NC - uplinked 3/12/08
Beaumont, TX - uplinked 3/19/08
Fargo, ND - uplinked 4/2/08
Florence/Myrtle Beach - uplinked 4/2/08[/B]

I certainly hope this is true as Greenville,NC was the 1st on the uplink list. Trying to find a sweet spot for the antennas is a beast. With Greenville locals on the DISH. I can them leave an antenna pointed towards Raleigh to pull those stations.
 

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I wish they would hurry up with the Columbus HD locals. I just recabled my whole system the other day, and pulled twin dual RG6 (swept to 3GHz) from my dishes to the switch so I'm all ready for what ever bird they put them on. A few other channels I wish they would hurry on is Spike HD, and Military HD. Once those are up I'll be dropping from the top 250 to the HD only package along with my locals. That'll save me about $35/40 bucks a month.
 

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DISH NETWORK EXPANDS LOCAL HIGH DEFINITION MARKETS​

Englewood, Colo., July 3, 2008 - DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), the nation's third largest pay-TV provider and the digital transition leader, today announced the addition of four high definition (HD) local markets: Albany - Schenectady - Troy, N.Y.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Lansing, Mich.; and Syracuse, N.Y.

In January, DISH Network® announced plans to enhance its HD programming line-up throughout 2008. DISH Network continues its commitment to reach the year-end goal of 100 local HD markets and 100 national HD channels and now offers HD locals in 65 markets, reaching more than 69 percent of U.S. TV households.

DISH Network offers new customers the opportunity to upgrade for free to a dishHD DVR receiver like the ViP722™ - which recently received the top-ranking Editors' Choice awards from both CNET and PC Magazine. The ViP722 is a dual-tuner HD DVR that operates two televisions in separate rooms and offers up to 500 hours of storage capacity allowing customers to pause, rewind and fast forward their favorite TV programming.

Qualified new DISH Network customers who sign up with a 24-month commitment will also receive three months of free programming (a $120 value), a free dishDVR like the ViP722 and free installation (a $49.99 value). For more information on DISH Network, visit www.dishnetwork.com or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474).
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About DISH Network Corporation
DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), the nation's third largest pay-TV provider and the leader in digital television, provides more than 13.815 million satellite TV customers with industry-leading customer satisfaction which has surpassed major cable TV providers for eight consecutive years. DISH Network also provides customers with award-winning HD and DVR technology including the ViP722™ HD DVR, which received the Editors' Choice awards from both CNET and PC Magazine. In addition, subscribers enjoy access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most International channels in the U.S., industry-leading Interactive TV applications, Latino programming, and the best sports and movies in HD. DISH Network offers a variety of package and price options including the lowest all-digital price in America, the DishDVR Advantage Package, high-speed Internet service, and a free upgrade to the best HD DVR in the industry. DISH Network is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 300 company. Visit www.dishnetwork.com/aboutus or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474) for more information.
 

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Lansing, MI! Woo! Now I will have the option of HD via antenna or dish. Very good news.

Edit: After a little investigating, it appears that we so far only have two locals in HD, and they put them on 61.5. When I had my dish installed, they set me up with 129. I wonder what they'll charge me for another dish.
 

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I was happy that Chatt got added and I signed up TODAY BUT I then seen a link is this THIS dbs talk site?

http://ekb.dbstalk.com/hdlocal.htm

says ONLY fox and cbs............wtf is that all about? ha Guess we have to just sit and wait for them to iron the bugs out and maybe throwin nbc and abc on there now will be alot easier but we will see..

For everyone waiting if it MATTERS the turn around time from those first uplink reports to actual "I can order" seems to be around 2-3 months.
 

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WooHoo! I am stoked about Lansing, MI being added. We have a ton of shows my wife and I watch on Fox and CBS so being able to record both in HD through the dish and OTA is a huge bonus for us. Very excited for this Fall when everything returns.
 

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As far as the Lansing stations go, according to the Echostar Knowledge Base's Dish Network Channel Chart, four of the stations in the Lansing DMA are currently being uplinked in HD, all on 61.5 -- 6/CBS, 10/NBC, 47/FOX, and 53/ABC. These are listed as not yet being available to subscribers.

Also uplinked to 61.5 are the other two stations in the Lansing DMA, 18/MNTV and 23/PBS. Not clear if those are HD or not, and they are also not yet available to subscribers.

I'm still in SD at my house, and I had "moved" to Detroit my entire time with E* (since 1999) until the Lansing stations moved to 110, since I didn't want to get a different dish, and I can't get decent reception with an outdoor antenna.

As a result, I'm not sure what it'll run you for a new dish. However, when I upgraded from the original Dish 300 to the Dish 500, it was $25 with free installation from a local provider.
 

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As of July 9, it looks like the local HD channels for Atlanta, Birmingham, Minneapolis and Nashville are now duplicated on the 61.5° satellite. Their feeds on 129° or 119° are still active as well.

It also looks like some markets that have had HD local channels uplinked to 61.5° since March or early April have been getting leap-frogged by other markets over the last couple or so weeks. Markets like Albany, NY and Syracuse, NY were uplinked later, but made available to viewers already.

Several local markets get uplinked from the New Braunfels, TX facility. All of those have been uplinked in HD to 61.5° since early April, but Dallas & Austin are the only ones whose local HD channels have been uplinked from there and actually lit up on 61.5° (and the Dallas market was already available on 110°). The EKB lists the status for rest as being either "early 2Q '08" or "Summer/Fall '08".
 

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This got buried in my inbox on Friday, sorry for the delay ....

DISH NETWORK EXPANDS LOCAL HIGH DEFINITION MARKETS

Englewood, Colo., July 18, 2008 - DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), the nation's third largest pay-TV provider and the digital transition leader, today announced the addition of high definition local channels in Beaumont - Port Arthur, Texas. DISH Network® now offers local channels in 66 markets reaching more than 69 percent of U.S. TV households, continuing its commitment to reach its year-end goal of 100 local HD markets.

Earlier this year, DISH Network announced plans to enhance its HD programming line-up and will surpass the 100 national HD channel mark on August 1, 2008.
DISH Network offers new customers the opportunity to upgrade for free to a dishHD DVR receiver like the ViP722™ - which recently received the top-ranking Editors' Choice awards from both CNET and PC Magazine. The ViP722 is a dual-tuner HD DVR that operates two televisions in separate rooms and offers up to 500 hours of storage capacity allowing customers to pause, rewind and fast forward their favorite TV programming.

For more information on DISH Network, visit www.dishnetwork.com or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474).
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About DISH Network Corporation
DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), the nation's third largest pay-TV provider and the leader in digital television, provides more than 13.815 million satellite TV customers with industry-leading customer satisfaction which has surpassed major cable TV providers for eight consecutive years. DISH Network also provides customers with award-winning HD and DVR technology including the ViP722™ HD DVR, which received the Editors' Choice awards from both CNET and PC Magazine. In addition, subscribers enjoy access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most International channels in the U.S., industry-leading Interactive TV applications, Latino programming, and the best sports and movies in HD. DISH Network offers a variety of package and price options including the lowest all-digital price in America, the DishDVR Advantage Package, high-speed Internet service, and a free upgrade to the best HD DVR in the industry. DISH Network is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 300 company. Visit www.dishnetwork.com/aboutus or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474) for more information.
 

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E* seems to be doing these additions lately on a weekly basis (every Wednesday). Beaumont - Port Arthur, TX became available on 7/16, last Wednesday.

I wonder if E* is lighting up any new HD locals today. I'm hoping the Wichita Falls, TX - Lawton, OK market becomes available really soon.
 

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I have been out of town and we had another dish added to get 61.5 for Lansing. My wife told me that the channel guide says we get channel 6 and 47 that say HD, but all the programming she thinks is in SD.

She does not have as sharp of an eye as we do, but she said that she has yet to see an HD program on and the installer said that they are not transmitting anything in HD yet. I guess I need to get back home to check it out, but smells fishy.

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Can you receive either of those channels over the air with an indoor or outdoor antennae? If so, that would give you a point of comparison between the DTV and NTSC broadcasts from those local stations.

I'm able to receive the DTV signal from our ABC affiliate in this market in SW OK. The local news and any other local programming is SD, but they do broadcast any HD-quality shows from ABC in 720p HD. I just wish the affiliates in Wichita Falls broadcast their signals at a higher strength.
 

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During the day there is probably nothing in HD on local stations, but during prime time there should be 2-4 hours of HD each night on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX.

NBC's Tonight Show has excellent HD as does CBS's LAte Show with Letterman.
 

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I am having a 722 installed next sat. Is their any way I can figure out which bird those sherman/ada hd locals will be on when they light them up? I would just like to get the right setup now as apposed to having to chane it again in a few weeks.
 

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Thank you , James.
 

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The EKB News Monitor wrote this on July 7:

HD locals planned to launch by 30 July: Abilene, Fargo, Greenville NC, Madison, Myrtle Beach, Sherman-Ada, South Bend, Waco, Wichita Falls, Northeast Pennsylvania (Scranton, Wilkes-Barre).
I'm hoping that report is accurate. But nothing new has been posted on the "HD Locals" page of the Echostar Knowledge Base in almost a couple weeks. I wonder if various Texas and Oklahoma HD locals are getting pushed back a bit by the August 1 launch of the various national HD channels. It will be nice having the full HBO channel suite in HD.

I just wish the HD locals in my area could get lit ASAP since it will probably be at least another week or two after that point before an installer can add a wing dish to my Dish 1000.2. The Olympics are coming up pretty quick and I can't pick up the OTA HD signal from Wichita Falls worth a hoot.
 

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James Long said:
http://ekb.dbstalk.com/dishlist.htm

Sherman/Ada are testing on 61.5°.
Ok guys, one more question. I am getting that HD upgrade saturday morning and we know that my locals are testing on 61.5. I called today to confirm that I was getting a wing dish because I have been looking around and seeing alot of 1000.2's. Got a hold of a CSR who said that the work order said I was getting a 1000.2 and that I would be getting my HD from 129 not 61.5. I told him about the testing locals and he said he would try to make the change for me and put me on hold. When he came back on he told me that when my HD locals light up I will be able to receive them with the 1000.2 and do not worry about it. So, what do ya'll think? Should I call again or what?
 
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