Originally posted by speedbump
...Without having to go back and read through the past 37 pages of posts, can someone give me a quick summary of the current status of HD availability in Little Rock? What is the best bet? Does Comcast offer any HD or do I need to go back to a dish and off-air receiver? Which networks are broadcast in HD locally? Will you all be watching the game tonight in HD on ABC?
Welcome speedbump. Yes, the game on ABC is in HD here in LR
Currently, here's the OTA digital lineup in LR:
PBS - *very* low power and no HD. Not worth trying to receive. Lowband VHF ch 5.
NBC - *very* low power and no HD. Not worth trying to receive. UHF ch 32.
ABC - low power on a directional antenna aimed at West LR. HD
, but no DD 5.1. The ABC affiliate also offers ABC News Now on a second digital sub channel. UHF ch 22.
CBS - 1/2 of full power and HD
, but no DD 5.1 Live weather radar on second sub channel. Highband VHF ch 12
FOX - Full power and 720p HD
-capable, when FOX goes HD this fall. UHF ch 30.
KVTN - *very* low power digital religious station. UHF ch 24
UPN - Full power and 1080i HD
. UHF ch 39
Comscat has some local OTA, but is ridiculously priced, vs DirecTV and an antenna. You have to have their digital and HD tiers, plus rent an HD box. You can get ABC and CBS in HD, plus the usual HD channels comscat offers in other cities. The City of LR charges enormous franchise fees and city, county & state sales taxes on comscat cable service. Service work is done by clueless underpaid subcontractors.
Take your pick, depending on what you want to watch and how much you're willing to pay each month. With the price difference of cable vs satellite, you can pay for the initial cost of a D* HD setup very quickly, especially with all the discounts they're currently offering.
If you're considering satellite service and want high speed internet service, SBC offers very reliable DSL service here. It's $36.99/month for the first year, for 3mbs speed. Slower 1.5 mb service is even cheaper. At the end of your contract, you can re-negotiate your contract and lock in a cheap rate for DSL for another year.