Originally Posted by Pigfarmer
waltinvt- All very interesting-thanks for the info. If local HD via Dish will depend to ANY extent upon negotiations between affiliates and Echostar,I suspect it'll be a long time before we see it. Although I must say that yesterday's press release from Echostar concerning new HD Lils at least gives the appearance that they are using DMA size as their criteria for determining launch dates.
I would think it's in the best interest of the Vermont afilliates to be included in Dish's HD LiLs and the sooner the better.
Since they are not and will not be transmitting digital OTA for quite a while and even when they do, their signal will probably not be available to many throughout the dma, having that signal available by satellite gives them FAR more exposure than they might otherwise get. Plus they potentially gain back viewers that were previously allowed to get distant signals.
As for DMA size being the criteria, I don't think that's as much a factor as one would think. It's more how much $$ Dish will "net" with a particular DMA and I think that's why Dish's list of 50 doesn't follow DMA size.
Keep in mind, that Dish doesn't directly pick up any additional $$ for launching HD locals. If you're an HD sub, have the regular locals package and a MPEG4 capable receiver, they will add HD LiLs to the package with no price increase. Where they do pick up the money is getting new subscribers to the locals and HD packages plus upgrading to the new MPEG4 receivers.
Each DMA has a certain amount of cost associated with both aquiring the afilliates and making satellite space available for the respective stations. That's weighed against the potential revenue that might be gained in that DMA to determine if it's worth it.
I'm guessing that if Vt afilliates can provide Dish with the uplinks and they're fairly reasonable to get contracts with, they'll show up on Dish sooner rather than later.