I see where D* just announced another 25 markets by the end of this year.
SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct 10, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Already leading the satellite TV industry in the delivery of local HD programming, DIRECTV will offer local HD broadcast networks in 67 markets, representing approximately 74 percent of U.S. TV households, by year end when it rolls out 25 more local HD markets in the fourth quarter.
Local news, sports and popular primetime programming from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC will be available in HD to customers who subscribe to any TOTAL CHOICE(R) programming package that offers local channels. There is no additional charge for local HD programming.
The 25 local markets to receive HD programming from DIRECTV include:
-- Albuquerque, N.M. -- Mobile, Ala.
-- Buffalo, N.Y. -- New Orleans
-- Des Moines, Iowa -- Norfolk, Va.
-- Flint, Mich. -- Oklahoma City, Okla.
-- Ft. Meyers, Fla. -- Portland, Me.
-- Grand Rapids, Mich. -- Providence, R.I.
-- Green Bay, Wisc. -- Reno, Nev.
-- Greensboro, N.C. -- Santa Barbara, Calif.
-- Greenville, S.C. -- Spokane, Wa.
-- Harrisburg, Pa. -- Springfield, Mo.
-- Jacksonville, Fla. -- Toledo, Ohio
-- Little Rock, Ark. -- Tulsa, Okla.
-- Madison, Wisc.
Let's see Poke. DirecTV has 42 local markets and will have and additional 25 by the end of the year for a total of 67. Dish has 28 markets and no dates for anymore local markets this year. So Dish is way behind DirecTV on LiL and will be in the future. I agree that Dish has more National HD channels presently, but mark it down, by middle of next year DirecTv will be ahead on both Local and National HD. Yes I would like to see more National HD channels but for me the majority of my viewing at night is network broadcast. And in addition, DirecTv is adding regonal RSN's behind the LiL in these City's (which I want the most). So anyone claiming local HD LiL is no big deal is crazy. What is goingon with Dish and RSN's?
Seattle does not have FOX. Has been pending retransmission consent since the HD Locals were turned up in May. And we are way past getting sick and tired of waiting for Tribune and Dish to remove their heads from their rears and reach an agreement!