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With Launch of 44 New HD Markets More Than 88 Percent of U.S.
Television Homes Will Have Access to Local HD Channels from DIRECTV


EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jul 28, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, continues to strengthen its HD presence with the addition of 44 new HD local channel markets. By the end of 2008, DIRECTV will provide local HD broadcast channels in 121 cities, representing more than 88 percent of U.S. TV households. DIRECTV will begin the rollout of the new HD local markets in August and continue through the end of the year. The new markets include:

-- Augusta, Ga.
-- Bangor, Maine
-- Baton Rouge, La.
-- Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
-- Boise, Idaho
-- Burlington, Vt.-Plattsburgh, N.Y.
-- Butte-Bozeman, Mont.
-- Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill.
-- Charleston, S.C.
-- Chattanooga, Tenn.
-- Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colo.
-- Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo.
-- Davenport, Iowa-Rock Island, Ill., Moline, Ill.
-- Dayton, Ohio
-- Des Moines-Ames, Iowa
-- Dothan, Ala.
-- El Paso, Texas
-- Evansville, Ind.
-- Fort Smith, Ark.
-- Fort Wayne, Ind.
-- Greenville-New Bern-Washington,NC
-- Harlingen-Brownsville, Texas
-- Harrisonburg, Va
-- La Crosse-Eau Claire, Wis.
-- Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.
-- Lincoln-Hastings, Neb.
-- Macon, Ga.
-- Mobile AL-Pensacola, Fla.
-- Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C.
-- Norfolk-Newport News, Va.
-- Palm Springs, Calif.
-- Peoria-Bloomington, Ill.
-- Richmond-Petersburg, Va.
-- Rockford, Ill.
-- Rochester, N.Y.
-- Savannah, Ga.
-- Sioux Falls, S.D.
-- South Bend-Elkhart, Ind.
-- Springfield-Holyoke, Mass.
-- Syracuse, N.Y.
-- Tallahassee, Fla.
-- Toledo, Ohio
-- Traverse City-Cadillac, Mich.
-- Youngstown, Ohio


"With the rollout of 44 new HD local markets, DIRECTV continues to strengthen its position as the leading provider of quality HD programming among cable and satellite competitors nationwide," said Derek Chang, executive vice president, Content Strategy and Development, DIRECTV, Inc. "Our DIRECTV 11 satellite has recently begun operations and significantly expands our capacity for more national and local HD channels. And as we have with the SuperFan(R) service for MLB EXTRA INNINGS(R) and NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM) and our multi-screen coverage of US Open golf, we will continue to use HD to enhance our unique interactive services to provide our customers with more of what they want and expect from us - the best television experience available."

DIRECTV will deliver HD programming from the primary broadcast networks - ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC - where available and authorized, to customers who subscribe to any TOTAL CHOICE(R) programming package that offers local channels. DIRECTV HD customers will continue to pay only a $9.99 access fee, allowing them to receive DIRECTV's premier HD technology and all channels broadcast in HD that are tied to their particular base programming package.

Customers should visit directv.com to learn more about the full complement of DIRECTV's HD programming lineup including existing channels, new channels, details on equipment required for the new DIRECTV HD services and updates on when the new markets will launch.

With the DIRECTV 11 satellite just introduced to the fleet and the launch of the DIRECTV 12 satellite next year, DIRECTV will have the capacity to deliver 200 national HD channels and 1,500 local HD and digital channels in addition to new advanced programming services for customers nationwide.

About DIRECTV, Inc.

DIRECTV, Inc. (NASDAQ : DTV - News), the nation's leading satellite television service provider, presents the finest television experience available to more than 17 million customers in the United States and is leading the HD revolution with 95 national HD channels - more quality HD channels than any other television provider. Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy access to over 265 channels of 100% digital picture and sound, exclusive programming, industry-leading customer satisfaction (which has surpassed all national cable companies for eight years running) and superior technologies that include advanced DVR and HD-DVR services and the most state-of-the-art interactive sports packages available anywhere. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit directv.com.

SOURCE: DIRECTV, Inc.

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Hallelujah! I'm in Bloomington, IL and have been waiting for this for a long time.

Is there some way of figuring out which networks a given market will receive in HD?
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Barring any contract snafus, plan on the Big 3 and NBC ( ) only.
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What about areas that are already covered but lack a station or 2?

In my case (Fresno, CA) D* lacks PBS & CW afiliates HD signals.

I realize there were various rumblings regarding PBS natl. HD feeds & D* a while back.

Not so interested in the CW local in HD (I watch ZERO CW shows), but PBS HD would get some viewing.

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STILL no Cincinnati!
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What about areas that are already covered but lack a station or 2?

In my case (Fresno, CA) D* lacks PBS & CW afiliates HD signals.

I realize there were various rumblings regarding PBS natl. HD feeds & D* a while back.

Not so interested in the CW local in HD (I watch ZERO CW shows), but PBS HD would get some viewing.

If I recall correctly, there was never a plan to carry a PBS national channel. The agreement would allow carriage of local PBS stations, I believe. Keep in mind that those PBS shows are paid for "by viewers like you." The PBS stations have always wanted to funnel money into the individual stations (or networks of stations like UNC-TV in NC) instead of some national piggy bank.

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I realize there were various rumblings regarding PBS natl. HD feeds & D* a while back.

Not a national feed, but local PBS Digital stations, across the country. Also not a rumbling, but from a D* press release. I'm a little surprised this wasn't part of today's news, but still think to expect it soon.

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STILL no Cincinnati!

....and no Charleston, WV

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....and no Charleston, WV

Or Lafayette, LA

Although your two cities are much larger...
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It seems that a lot of those markets that have been announced are DMAs that have to use a separate dish to receive their local channels...

I'm in Columbia, SC so I'm still a little upset that chucktown and Myrtle Beach got their HD locals before us (especially since they are DMA 105 and 110 while Cola. is 84.....)

But, at least there is a 'slight' reasoning as to why these particular markets are getting their HD locals before others...

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... or Lexington, KY ... I guess it's a good thing I have a low-band VHF yagi on the way
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What about areas that are already covered but lack a station or 2?

In my case (Fresno, CA) D* lacks PBS & CW afiliates HD signals.

I realize there were various rumblings regarding PBS natl. HD feeds & D* a while back.

Not so interested in the CW local in HD (I watch ZERO CW shows), but PBS HD would get some viewing.

+1 here in Spokane. Although I am the opposite. I want HD CW and could care less about PBS.

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STILL no Cincinnati!

I am not sure what you are referring to but Cincinnati locals (5,9,12,19) are in HD and the others are available in SD.
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One of our Local Thread members contacted the CEO of our local CBS station (WOWK) and asked why D* didn't pick our market this round since Charleston/Huntington is around DMA 62 or so. He said all agreements are in place, but D* said there is not enough HD receiver penetration in the area to warrent them carrying our Locals in HD. If that's true, I've now lost hope that we'll EVER get our Local HD through D*.

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I am not sure what you are referring to but Cincinnati locals (5,9,12,19) are in HD and the others are available in SD.

Uh oh. I was thinking Dish Network. Sorry.
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wow, still no lexington, ky.
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One of our Local Thread members contacted the CEO of our local CBS station (WOWK) and asked why D* didn't pick our market this round since Charleston/Huntington is around DMA 62 or so. He said all agreements are in place, but D* said there is not enough HD receiver penetration in the area to warrent them carrying our Locals in HD. If that's true, I've now lost hope that we'll EVER get our Local HD through D*.

Chicken and egg. I've kept putting off paying for the HD package here in the Charleston/Huntington DMA as I wait for more channels to come. But if they announced our locals I'd be on the phone ordering the next day. I hate to think my dawdling is actually the hurting the problem .
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Glad to see Dayton on the list. At #62, its about time. Don't understand not adding Lexington at #64 or Charleston at #65 as many media markets lower on the list have been added for a long time now.
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Don't understand not adding Lexington at #64

I guess we are still getting punished for the mass migration of subs from DirecTV to Dish, back when Dish first put up the locals ... first with free antennas, then with actual LiL service. DirecTV was way behind the curve here.
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Nothing for Bakersfield?
Large growing California market.
I'll be sticking with Bright House for now.
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