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Local Channels in HD

red66charger
07-17-2005, 03:56 PM
Hi All,

I am fortunate to live in one of the markets to receive HD local channels on D* in the first wave. Originally it was said that the first markets to get HD local would receive them in the summer of 2005. Has anyone seen or heard an update on this timetable? I can't wait to get the locals in HD. I'm too far away from the transmitters to receive the local channels with an OTA.

Thanks,
Dan :)

borromini
07-17-2005, 04:27 PM
No definite dates announced...just that it will happen this summer.

dukerock12
07-18-2005, 10:31 AM
where can you find the list to the areas that are going to get locals in summer 2005 cause i would like to see if im on there

borromini
07-18-2005, 05:31 PM
rbinck provide this link...

http://www.nielsenmedia.com/DMAs.html

If you're in the top 12 then you'll be getting the local HD channels.

red66charger
07-18-2005, 09:22 PM
As I recall, the original press release that was on the D* website (which I can no longer find) listed DirecTV's largest markets NOT market size as determined by Nielsen or any other 3rd party. I could be wrong, but I do specifically remember that Tampa-St. Pete was on the list of markets that was originally announced to be in the first wave to receive local channels in HD. According to your Nielsen link it shows my area as the 13th largest market. As I said, this is in conflict with D*'s original release. I hope they didn't alter the original plan. :(

Dan

borromini
07-18-2005, 09:25 PM
They may have based their list on Nielsen's and it's possible that the Tampa market has slipped to 13th. You'll notice how close that market is behind Seattle. Guess you'll find out soon enough.

JAG72
07-19-2005, 05:40 AM
As I recall, the original press release that was on the D* website (which I can no longer find) listed DirecTV's largest markets NOT market size as determined by Nielsen or any other 3rd party. I could be wrong, but I do specifically remember that Tampa-St. Pete was on the list of markets that was originally announced to be in the first wave to receive local channels in HD. According to your Nielsen link it shows my area as the 13th largest market. As I said, this is in conflict with D*'s original release. I hope they didn't alter the original plan. :(

Dan

Here is the list of the first 12 DMA's and a link to the press release.

New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston and Tampa

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=127160&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=660037&highlight=

red66charger
07-19-2005, 11:34 AM
Wow! You're good JAG72! Thanks for finding it. I used to have the link to the press release saved in my favorites, but that link is dead and I couldn't find it on D* website. Gotta brush up on my surfing skills. I did find other websites with a version of D*'s original release, but it's nice to see it "officialy".

That's great news for me, bad news for the folks in Seattle-Tacoma. (That is if D* stays with this plan) Now I need to get my hands on some MPEG4 equipment. Hopefully, as I've seen it talked about here, D* will offer discounts on the switch.

Between NFL Sunday Ticket and the scam on getting games in HD, and now needing MPEG4 equipment for local channels in HD, I don't know how much longer I can keep chasing DirecTV!

Thanks again all. :hithere:

borromini
07-19-2005, 03:13 PM
That DirecTV article is 6 months old. You better hope that DirecTV isn't following the Nielsen ratings...if so you're in for a rude surprise. :)

JAG72
07-19-2005, 03:32 PM
That DirecTV article is 6 months old. You better hope that DirecTV isn't following the Nielsen ratings...if so you're in for a rude surprise. :)


So far there is nothing that shows different. The press release stated that they will be in 12 of the largest markets. They never stated that it would be the top twelve markets. Any good company would hold to what was released to the public.

borromini
07-19-2005, 03:44 PM
...Any good company would hold to what was released to the public. Remember...we're talking about DirecTV! :D

red66charger
07-19-2005, 04:05 PM
Nielsen Media Research Local Universe Estimates* (US)

*Estimates used throughout the 2004-2005 television season which starts on September 20, 2004

Above is from the top of that Nielsen link. It seems to show that these DMA ratings were as of September 20, 2004. The D* announcement came almost 4 months later. That said, I will fret about it until it is official! I'm just a little more relaxed now that the original Press Release was located and comfirmed what I thought I had read previously.

But it is true...it's their candy store and they can do what they want.

I don't know why I should even care. Most likely Florida will get hit by a dozen hurricanes or so and my dish will fly away anyhow :eek:

shellback
07-22-2005, 09:27 PM
Don't confuse the issue with facts.

calicogang
07-24-2005, 07:29 PM
Here is the latest info about the new mpeg 4 dish and the start of local hd in the first 12 markets. Please refer to Sat. Direct magazine of 08/2005: page 20.
In late Sept. or early Oct. Directv will start the roll out of local HD in the first 24 markets. The first 12 have been announced but not the other 12. ESPN 2 HD will be put up in early Sept. As for the mpeg 4 dish and boxes, Directv wil start selling these items in 08/2005. At presstime, it was unconfirmed whether DTV would offer discounts and incentives for current HD customers to upgrade. However, industries sources say DTV will likely offer a swap of MPEG 2 for MPEG 4 if they reup for another year or two. DTV also announced that they will continue to support its DTV/TIVO customer base. Up that this clears up some of the questions, but alot of us still have some as to HDTIVO unit, etc. Mark