The above chart details national carriage agreements with the top television service providers in the United States for all presently available or announced non-exclusive HD channels. Providers listed include the two major DBS carriers and the top terrestrial providers, including Verizon and AT&T's fiber services. 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 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.
iNDEMAND 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.
This chart does not presently track carriage of RSNs.
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, my 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.
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Edited by URFloorMatt - 11/4/12 at 7:11am