DIRECTV to Air 'NFL Network' Games In HD

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DIRECTV to Air 'NFL Network' Games In HD
The network's regular season contests will air on a special high-def channel.
By Phillip Swann

Washington, D.C. (October 18, 2006) -- DIRECTV will carry the NFL Network's 2006 regular season games in High-Definition TV, two industry sources tell

For the first time, the NFL Network has the rights to broadcast regular season games, starting with the Thanksgiving night contest between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. The channel will air seven more games after that; four on Thursday nights and three on Saturday nights.

The eight games will be shown on NFL Network HD, the channel's high-def feed, as well as its non-HD channel.

However, DIRECTV currently does not carry NFL Network HD, leaving many fans wondering if the satcaster would either fail to offer the games in HD or perhaps include them in its NFL Sunday Ticket pay package. (DIRECTV charges an extra $99 for access to each Sunday's package of NFL games broadcast in high-def.)

But sources say DIRECTV is planning to show the games in high-def on channel 95, the satcaster's channel for special HD events.

EchoStar, DIRECTV's main satellite rival, added NFL Network HD to its lineup of high-def channels earlier this year.
Good to see that this may be there game plan for these upcoming games, I think some of us thought that this may be the plan, so hopefully this does happen!!
I never lost hope. Its good to see that its closer to official then just pure speculation. Cant imagine D* would pass up HD live sports event especially the NFL.
Yep, I cant imagine them doing anything other then MPEG2. NFL to wide of an audience and not everyone is MPEG4 converted.
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