DirecTV adds new national HD channels in October 2007, see link below.http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=914047
DirecTV rolls out local HD on November 22, 2005.
Coverage area includes the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose DMA. Below is a map of the DMA.
Current channels offered are,
Additional local HD channels will be forthcoming although there is currently no firm date. Speculation has put additional channels coming in 2-6 months.
Current hardware required to receive the HD locals is,
DirecTV H20 MPEG4/2 Receiver(non DVR)
AT9 5 LNB dish
A MPEG4 HD-DVR is rumored to be available sometime during the March to July time frame.
The company statement regrading cost is below. Many have made the upgrade at no cost depending on many factors including which CSR they happen to get when calling in.Customers can receive local HD channels by purchasing a new H20 HD receiver and a satellite dish that has the ability to receive programming from five different orbital locations. DIRECTV is offering new and existing non-HD customers who purchase a DIRECTV HD receiver a $200 mail-in rebate. (Limit one rebate per customer.) Receiving equipment is available at major consumer electronics retailers like Best Buy and Circuit City, and through DIRECTV. Existing HD Customers are eligible for a $99 dish upgrade and one free receiver, plus $99 for each additional HD receiver.
Below is a few press releases from DirecTV regarding the rollout.DIRECTV Sets the Stage for Aggressive Expansion of Local HD Programming with Successful Launch of Spaceway F2 Satellite
Thirty-Six Major Markets Will Have Access to Local HD Channels Via DIRECTV by Early 2006; Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and San Francisco
to Roll Out this Month
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 16, 2005-- DIRECTV continued to build the in-orbit framework for the nationwide rollout of hundreds of local high-definition (HD) broadcast channels today with the successful launch of the Spaceway F2 satellite. The new satellite, combined with the Spaceway F1 satellite, will enable DIRECTV to provide local HD channels to customers in 36 major markets, or more than 57 percent of U.S. television households, by early next year.
The Boeing-built spacecraft lifted off today from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, at 3:46 p.m. PST (8:46 p.m. Kourou time).
Spaceway F2, along with the Spaceway F1 satellite that was placed in orbit in late April, will support the rollout of up to 500 local HD channels. DIRECTV will offer local HD broadcast channels in 12 cities by the end of this year and 24 cities early next year.
Spaceway F1 began transmitting local HD signals to customers in Detroit on Oct. 20, and four markets -- Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and San Francisco -- will begin receiving local HD broadcast channels this month. DIRECTV will also launch HD locals in Tampa, Dallas, Houston, Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and New York in December.
The Spaceway satellites will be joined by two more next-generation spacecraft in 2007, and together they will deliver more than 1,500 local and 150 national HD channels to DIRECTV customers nationwide.
"With our unprecedented rollout of local digital and high-definition broadcast channels in major markets underway and the recent launch of our new DIRECTV Plus(R) DVR, we are moving aggressively to provide our customers with an unparalleled television entertainment experience and distinguish the DIRECTV service in the marketplace," said Chase Carey, president and CEO, DIRECTV, Inc. "The successful launch of the Spaceway 2 satellite moves us a step closer to our goal of offering local HD programming to most, if not all, TV households in the United States."
The Boeing-built 702 model satellite was carried into space by an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle and will provide commercial service at 99.2 degrees West Longitude (WL), one of the Ka-band orbital slots that DIRECTV will use to transmit local digital and HD signals via spot beam to its customers.
After 29 minutes, the rocket left the spacecraft in a geosynchronous transfer orbit with a high point of 22,300 miles (36,000 km) above the equator. Controllers at the Hartebeesthoek ground station in South Africa made contact with the satellite and confirmed that all systems are functioning properly.
In the coming weeks, controllers will maneuver the spacecraft into a circular orbit; deploy the antennas and solar arrays; and test operational functions, communications payload and propulsion system.
The Spaceway F2 is identical to the Spaceway F1 satellite, which launched April 26 from the Sea Launch platform, and has commenced commercial operations from the 102.8-degree WL orbital slot.
I currently do not have the MPEG4 setup as I am waiting until the MPEG4 DVR is made available, but I know others in the area have made the switch and I thought it would be wise to consolidate information and questions in one thread as with the continued rollout of HD locals across the country things could get rather scattered.
Any more info or changes that anyone feels should be added or made to this first post please post it and I will update the post.Existing forum links:
DirecTV MPEG4 Conversion Details !http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=501777
D* Future HD Plans With New Satelliteshttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=443890
AVS First Look at DirecTV MPEG4 Local HD Channels! (link is started at page 16)http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/show...3&page=16&pp=20
An AVS chat with DirecTV about the MPEG4 rollouthttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/show...71&page=1&pp=20
Tech phone number thanks to krmidas. Try this number for technical problems such as the audio issue.Tech Number 866-678-6664
(If this number becomes invalid in the future, as often happens with DirecTV, let me know and I'll correct.)Dish Network HD Locals to start in 2006
The following is a quote from a recent "Charlie Chat" on Dish Network and then a few links with further info about Dish HD plans and local HD channels. As the info becomes more solid I will be adding it to this first post. Coverage area will likely be the same as DirecTV.E-Mail question – When will you get more HD programming?
Answer – Charlie says that more HD programming is coming soon. The new HD programming will be in MPEG 4. Starting in January ESPN2HD will roll out along with other new HD channels and more VOOM channels. DISH will also be launching HD locals for cities including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta and Chicago which will launch in January. Each month after expect 5 more cities per month. Charlie says that Dish will be the leader in HD.
Above from this link,http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=49145
Charlie Chat Summary 12-12-2005 - DBSTalk.Com
Dish Network Big HD Announcements (ESPN2, HD LiL, and Voom 15) - AVS ForumCurrent Dish Network HD channel lineup as of 06/09/06.
Family Room HD
Discovery HD Theater
National Geographic Channel HD
DISH Network PPV in HD
Film Fest HD
Kung Fu HD
World Cinema HD
NFL Network HD