What's left to convert to HD?
RSNs in HD Chart
indicates an ongoing programming dispute, channels marked are excluded from the total count.
"Total Available" count excludes certain part time/sports HD channels from the count: NFL Sunday Ticket RedZone, NFL Network Red Zone, ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater, MLB Strike Zone, BTN Alternates (4), ESPN College Extras (8) NBC Premier League Extra Time (4) and HD channels that have not
All of the HD RSNs listed on the other chart are not included in the "Total Available" count either.
The above chart details national carriage agreements with the top television service providers in the United States for all presently available or announced HD channels. Providers listed include the two major DBS carriers and the top terrestrial providers, including Verizon and AT&T's fiber services. The top nationwide over-the-top (OTT) internet based providers, Sling TV
, PlayStation VUE
, and DIRECTV NOW
have also been included. Please note that due to rights restrictions, certain content may be not available or substituted on certain networks via the OTT providers that doesn't occur via traditional pay TV providers. Other providers have been excluded because their footprint is simply too small.
A tip of the hat to all the AVS members who have contributed to the spreadsheet over the years, and a special thanks to URFloorMatt, CycloneGT, nataraj, sansri88, and Ken H for their prior work keeping this thread and chart alive.
Subscription Sports Packages
This chart also tracks subscription sports packages with HD coverage. All cable providers marked above and Verizon FiOS offer their sports packages through iNDEMAND's three HD channels; Team HD, Game HD, and Game 2 HD. As such, they offer a limited amount (one to five games) of HD coverage on any given night with their package. DirecTV broadcasts significantly more HD coverage to its subscribers, typically all the HD games available in each package.
iN DEMAND began offering nine total HD feeds for its subscription sports packages on September 16, 2011. Carriage of these additional feeds varies by provider and market. For more information, see here
A separate chart has been created for tracking high definition
RSN carriage for the providers listed, but please understand it is currently a work in progress so errors are expected.
Most cable providers and Verizon FiOS only carry RSNs in their designated market areas, however there are a few that are available nationwide. PlayStation VUE carries a national gameless base feed of FOX Sports Network (FSN) in some markets where they do not yet have an agreement for the local in-market teams.
DirecTV, Dish & AT&T U-Verse carry nearly all RSNs nationwide which can be added to base programming packages by subscribing to an additional add-on (usually a Sports Pack/Tier) or in some cases subscribing to the highest base package offered. All blackout restrictions still apply.
East & West feeds
Where a "West" feed is marked, that means the provider offers two
separate feeds of the same channel, one on a three-hour delay from the other. A reader on the West coast should probably swap the words "East" and "West" on this chart, and assume that if a provider does not carry a secondary feed of a given channel, the feed missing is the East coast feed. Yes, like most sports coverage, this chart too has an East coast bias.
Wide vs. Limited Carriage
Since cable operators roll out channels on a market-by-market basis, the default selection is "limited availability" unless a press release or someone here indicates otherwise. Channels listed above as "wide" are available to at least 50% of markets/subscribers.
The most current versions will always be available for download via a Dropbox URL which is updated instantly the same time changes are made to the files.
The spreadsheets available on Dropbox are an Excel 2007 version, if you use an older version of Excel a Compatibility Pack
can be downloaded free to edit in Excel 2000, XP, or 2003.
Click here to download the latest file. (National HD Lineup Chart)
Click here to download the latest file. (RSN HD Lineup Chart version 2.0)