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Hdtv Via Satellite

04-28-2004, 01:35 AM
Anybody Heard About Some Fed Panel Weighing Decision About Whether To Allow Satellite Companies To Send Local Programming To Satellite Users In Hd Format??

04-28-2004, 10:06 AM
There was a ruling back in 2001 that allowed the local channels to be broadcast over satellite provided they broadcast all of the local channels reguardless of market size. Coupling this with the mandate of all TV broadcasting to go to digital in 2006, and you can make the case that by 2006 all of the local digital channels will need to be on the satellite. I don't find anything that would prevent the satellite companies from taking the signal digitally and converting it to their current formats.

I think the problem for Directv and prolly Dish Network is space on their birds. Directv has already move some of their HD programming to two other birds as it is requiring a new triple sat dish setup to get their standard HD programming fare. Voom uses the mepeg format and therefore has set up for HD on all of their channels from the get go. The probability that Directv or Dish will change their formats is nil, so they will have bird space as a problem for some time. Of course Voom does not offer the local channels in HD via their satellite either, but their receivers have the local capability integrated and they furnosh an OTA antenna with their installs. This works for most people. It did for me and I'm about 60 miles from the local transmitters.

In summary, I would not look for local HDTV on Directv or Dish in the near future unless federally mandated.

Interesting read on the subject: Local TV via DBS: All or None, Court Says (http://www.guidetohometheater.com/news/11171/)

06-03-2004, 08:27 PM
I have been shocked by the total lack of Hi-Def programming and the extreme price on Directtv. I almost feel ripped off by what I am receiving for $10.99 per month but have no other options.

Would anyone reccommend buying out my contract and getting voom?

06-03-2004, 09:34 PM
I dropped the HD package and got Voom. Kept the Directv Total Choice plus. I was able to sell my HD receiver, so that made the difference for me. Hard choice to make.

02-14-2012, 06:51 AM
Thanks for this post

8 years too late......:lol: