Could we possibly get SpeedHD....that would be great...to be honest I don't see any other channels that would interest me in HD except MSNBC and FOXNEWS I mean we already have CNNHD so might as well make it a trio!
You did a better research than I, M Sparks! It will be interesting to see how many of these channels will be used for the Aug-1 rollout as they get reuplinked (so to speak). I guess at the least, there will be 6 available. Does anyone know how many will be gained by the mpeg2 to mpeg4 transition that will be done Aug-1? I think we are talking about TNT, ESPN, HDTheater, HDNet, HDNet Movies, HBO East, Showtime East - any others? And how much bandwidth do we get out of this? Yes, I know there are new birds coming up which will hopefully make all these bandwidth topics irrelevent!
Actually, looking at 129 again... there's so many CONUS beams being wasted on locals..like 8-10.
Assuming Echo XI has some new spots to cover some or all of those areas...that could be room for another 70 HD at 129. I don't know enough about Eastern Arc to know if they could match that.
In the short term, there's room for 3 more HD on Transponder 22.
Bottom line...they won't be maxed after this 17, and in 9 months it hopefully won't matter.
EDIT...OK, scratch that...Echo XI doesn't have any spots.
I've run searches, but can't find a decent explanation of what Echo XI will bring to the table. Is it just a replacement?