Well not to burst your bubble but everyone counts premium channels, RSN and PPV in there HD count.
And at least E* is not as slimy as D* who has 29 HD PPV.
Now to your point it would be super easy for E* to reach 150 goal.
13 HD RSN that E* currently does not.
14 Showtime HD channels which include TMC, IFC and Flix which are all available in HD.
6 Fox HD Channels( Fox News, Fox Business News, Fuel, Fuse, Spike and FX)
Country Music HD
Crime and Investigation Network
Plus they could re-add 15 Voom Channels
So there is currently 68 channels they could add plus another 17 which are expected to be live before the end of the year.
Expect them to add most of the showtimes soon as currently they have most of the HBO, Starz and Cinemax.
While you might find no value in Premium HD channels that was one of the reason I switched from D* to E* as I pay for 2 premium channels and I like having more than just the main channel E* and W* in HD like D* offers for the same price. Also I never watch MTV or VH1 but I am not going to say they are waste or have no value as I am sure lots of people like those channels. And the same holds true for Premium Movie channels.
Also while you find no value in extra RSN I am sure people who currently do not get there RSN in HD would find value if E* added those RSN in HD.
So basically if you figure they are going to add at least 15 premium movie channels in HD in not more from the missing 24 that gets there count up to 125 + HD Channels. So there goal of 150 by year end is not only double but easily doable without adding any HD PPV channels at all.
Originally Posted by CycloneGT
I'm a Dish fanboy and I'd have to say that I won't be holding my breathe for that 150 HD channels mark. First I don't really think that there will be that many channels to carry. 2nd, even if there are that many out there, there will be many that are just filler. Third, I'm sure a large amount of them will be premium channels, so they have their appeal limited. Fourth, just like HD channel counts from before, expect to see PPV, NBA, NHL:CI, and RSNs included to confuse the actual channel count.