DirecTV adds most local channels in HD
UPDATE: Sorry, I meant to do this on Friday. DirecTV says they're still talking to KRDO, sounded positive that something would be worked out (and why wouldn't it be - there's no advantage to KRDO to holding back when everyone else is on board, right?).
KTSC said it's a technical problem on their end that's holding things up. They have the required parts on order and PBS should be in HD on DirecTV by the end of the year.
DirecTV is finally offering Colorado Springs local channels in HD. That would be the good news. The caveat is that DirecTV and KRDO didn’t come to agreement, so no ABC-HD. And no KTSC/PBS.
To which I, and everyone, says, “Huh?” I’m checking on it…
Still no word on when Dish will add HD locals.
Here’s the DirecTV press release:
Oct 22, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — WHAT: DIRECTV, Inc., the nation’s leading satellite television serviceprovider, is now offering local HD programming to customers in the Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colo., designated market area. The following broadcast networks are available in HD: KOAA/NBC, KKTV/CBS and KXRM/FOX. With the addition of Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colo., DIRECTV now offers local HD broadcast channels in 103 cities, representing nearly 85 percent of U.S. TV households.By the end of 2008, DIRECTV will provide local HD broadcast channels in more than 121 cities, representing approximately 88 percent of U.S. TV households.WHEN: Beginning today, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008.HOW: To receive DIRECTV’s local HD programming, customers must have an H20 or H21 HD receiver or an HR20 or HR21 DIRECTV Plus(R) HD DVR and a Ka/Ku band dish. For information on how to get DIRECTV HD consumers can visit DIRECTV.com.Eligibility for local channels is based on service address within certain designated market areas as defined by Nielsen Media Research, Inc. Visit DIRECTV.com for more information.