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Forecasts tell us that by 2010 there will be approximately 100 High Definition Channe

03-23-2006, 11:03 AM
Forecasts tell us that by 2010 there will be approximately 100 High Definition Channels available in Europe (http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/060323/20060323005009.html?.v=1)

04-03-2006, 10:11 PM
In a maturing pay TV market European operators have great expectations for HD as an effective marketing tool to increase revenue per subscriber, to reduce churn and to increase subscriber numbers.

I love this part of the article. If only the idiots at Time Warner, Crapcast, Viacom, and GE had a clue, we would be in heaven.
Oh well. Another example of how other continents are better at something than us in the United States.
Our Networks only look at the costs, not the opportunity!

04-05-2006, 01:28 PM
Wow by that time Directv should be up to 10 HD Channels!

04-11-2006, 08:01 PM
Worldwide, there were 67 HDTV channels by year end 2005. Strong growth in HD broadcast channels will take place in 2006 and from then on we will see steady growth to 2010, when we forecast over 200 HD channels worldwide.
It also mentioned there were 32 national HD channels in the US at the end of 2005. Is there a complete list of these anywhere? Just curious as to what I am missing.

04-13-2006, 09:40 AM
It also mentioned there were 32 national HD channels in the US at the end of 2005. Is there a complete list of these anywhere? Just curious as to what I am missing.

I found this about month ago,


04-13-2006, 11:53 AM
To get to 100 HD stations in the next 4 years from the approximately 30 available now will require 18 new HD stations per year. I tend to be an optimist, but I just don't see that happening.

Even if it does happen, getting our providers (Comcast, in my case) to carry these stations will be interesting.

What could make this interesting is if Congress allows competition for cable service, such as allowing AT&T / SW Bell to enter the cable picture. Another concept being discussed is allowing "custom" cable programming. If I understand this correctly, you would pay based upon the programming selected from a "menu" of cable choices. Both would provide more competition and (hopefully) more HD choices.

04-13-2006, 01:20 PM
Let's see, I come up with 42:
01 ABC
02 CBS
03 FOX
04 NBC
05 PBS
06 UPN
07 WB
08 Comcast SportsNet
09 Discovery HD Theater
12 Food Network HD
14 HDNet
15 HDNet Movies
18 INHD2
19 MHD
20 The Movie Channel HD
21 National Geographic HD
25 Showtime HDTV
26 Starz HD
28 Universal HD
29 HD News
30 Animania
31 Ultra HD
32 Rush HD
33 Equator HD
34 Rave HD
35 Gallery HD
36 Monsters HD
37 Family Room HD
38 Gameplay HD
39 Treasure HD
40 World Cinema HD
41 WorldSport HD
42 Wealth TV

The gap from 100 is not quite as far as you think. They only need to add 58 new channels. Still, that's 14 channels per year.

Now to get all of those channels, you would need to have cable, Directv and Dish network as they all are not carried on all providers.

04-13-2006, 01:47 PM
...and Cinemax HD which brings it to 43. :)

04-13-2006, 03:57 PM
Very good.

04-13-2006, 05:05 PM
So what there are 43 HD stations in the US. In San Diego on Cox Cable I can only get 12 right now. But I don't order any of the premium ones (HBO, Showtime, & Starz) so I really only have 9 channels. But lets say I am not cheap and order all 12. So by that math I only get about 28% of the HD available in the US. And if this math stays true in 4 years I get 28 channels instead of 12. So if I am really good santa will bring me 4 more channels each year for the next 4 years. I know I am a big jerk but I am just frustrated. I want more HD on my TV. Hopefully the addition of the HD movies will compensate for the lack of HD tv channels. I know this is my opinion but just as you don't care neither do I. thanks for listening.

04-13-2006, 05:28 PM
Dont forget A&E announced A&E HD for this September! So thats 44!

04-14-2006, 10:38 AM
:hithere: WOW cable Columbus recently added two new--seemingly local only--channels SPTOH (sports time ohio high def) and FSOH-HD (Fox Sports Network HD). They BOTH were added to the 'basic' HD package (i.e. the networks HD channels) which is all I'm subscribed for so they were recently included as 'free' bonus channels. Problem is they both still have a lot of off air time. In fact, the ONLY programs they're providing, thus far, are local sports. FSOHHD airs Cleveland Cavs games (which I DO NOT MISS) and that's freaking AWESOME 'cause LeBron is THE best basketballer playing today. SPTOH, respectively, airs Cleveland Indians games (which I'll watch if nothing else better is on in HD) although I honestly would prefer to watch the Red's play instead but so long as the Tribe is shown in HD and the Red's are in SD I'll be a Tribe fan, for the time being. :rolleyes: ANYWAY, I thought I'd ask yah'll if anyone else is seeing LOCAL based HD channels pop up on your cable provider's listings. 'Cause, who knows, maybe you've got an extra channel or two-already-and don't even realize it yet. :thumbsup: JUST FYI. Let us know if you find one! lol. The attached pic is one I took of the Tribe game I was watching the other day on SPTOH. (SPTOH is shown as the screen watermark STO in the pic)