I know that some areas of the US still don't receive local channels in HD. That sucks. However, big markets like San Francisco still get PBS in only SD. Any thoughts on the future? KQED in HD would be so cool.
it all depends on the spotbeam capacity. They have added some PBS stations in smaller markets due to room on the spotbeam
There are currently only 5 channels on the Bay Area HD spotbeam, so it seems unlikely that it is a bandwidth issue.
This is a new measurement that I had never heard of. How does one go about determining spotbeam capacity?
I live in Portland, OR, where there also are 5 HD channels on the HD spotbeam (about 8 SD on the SD beam), and PBS is not one of the 5 HD channels. Does that mean there is room on the HD spotbeam for PBS HD (we only have one local channel) and DISH is not making use of it?
If so, I'm going to become more vocal about it, before they give the HD capacity to one of the local religious or Spanish-language channels!
The way that PBS is set up is most of the problem. Since all moneys are not shared through the system it is harder for any carrier other than local cable co's to carry the stations. The way funding is done for PBS stations a large part of the money comes from their local areas. That's what the "beg-a thons" are about.
You're right of course about each station being funded locally, but wouldn't that be an added incentive for the local PBS station in Portland to make itself available to DISH? The added revenue would be 'found' money for them, and DISH would pick up a popular station at a reasonable price. It sounds like a win-win to me, provided there is unused capacity on the spotbeam.
Any words on when some Digital sub stations will get added onto Dish or Direct TV? The cable company has been adding tons of digital sub stations on Digital Cable.
The thing is it is more complicated than that. Some of the stuff they run would have to have national approval or else have to be blacked out. It's not simple as local only. E* will need a national contract and a local station contract to make it work so as I said it is complicated.
I'm sure it is more complicated than it looks; but despite the complications, DIRECTV manages to offer HD channels for both KQED in San Francisco and for the one local PBS affiliate in Portland. So it is possible to negotiate these contracts.
Maybe the other poster is right after all in saying that our local DISH spotbeams don't have the capacity for more HD channels. It is curious that Portland and San Franciso are both assigned the same number of HD channels by DISH (5). Possibly DIRECTV is using newer technology, or maybe their spotbeams are engineered differently.
Why would their HD signal offerings to DISH be any different than their SD? DISH now carries KQED, KTEH, KCSM, and KRCB (Sonoma County Public TV) in SD and has for a long time. I do not understand how an agreement to carry HD could be an issue, other than the bandwith capability of the DISH spotbean for the Bay Area.