Drats. I was checking to see if LOTR-TT was on yet and the Dish site says the HD PPV is only via 148 at this time:
DISH on Demand PPV in HD Only available at the 148º orbital location. Requires an enhanced HD adapter. Movies, sports and events available for the first time on TV. more HD Movies $5.99
Why can't they put the HD-PPV on the "Special Events" channel since nothing is on it the vast majority of the time, or has Dish really taken that also to make up for loosing the two transponders? Also, when did they slip in the 8PSK requirement???
They finally schedule something I want to watch, and I discover that HDPPV is gone from 61.5. Oh well, I can use that $5.99 for food or something.
This channel obviously isn't a major factor in my life, but it just adds one more reason for me to conclude that HD expansion is dead in the water on Dish, for the forseeable future.
Dish has been a good HD resource for the last four years os so, but given the recent radical changes in priority and direction on HD, I think that as soon as Cox cable has a decent HD PVR available locally, I will look to go back to them. Long term, I believe cable has too many key advantages over satellite.