Originally Posted by itms1022
So what stations actually broadcast in HD and have alternate channels or dedicated channels for their reception and via which provider are they available.
|Channel Name | Dedicated | Alternate Available | Providers
| ABC No Yes All but TWC
| NBC No Yes All
| ESPHD Yes NA Not sure
Ok I have no idea if the info in the example is accurate or whether anyone will understand what I am asking for...But hopefully someone will understand.
You didn't specify if you meant locally or nationally. I will try and list as many as I can remember.
Locally every OTA station has an analog and digital channel up 24/7 and all program at least primetime and sports in HD except WGPX, WLXI and WCWG (ex WTWB) which will start programming some HD after they increase to full power and install the HD equipment in the studio. Nothing has been announced if WLXI or WGPX will ever program any HD.
As far as cable channels, The NBCU cable channels, SciFi, USA, Bravo pool their HD programming on Universal HD. The Discovery Channel family of channels like all of the different Discovery Channels, the Science Channel and A&E share their HD programming on Discovery HD Theatre. This is how those channels are able to be HD 24/7.
TNT has a HD channel, HGTV and Food Network has come out with an HD chsnnel. National Geographic Channel has a HD channel. MTV has a separately programmed 24/7 HD channel called MHD. Outdoor Channel and Outdoor Channel 2 both have HD channels. ESPN and ESPN 2 have separate HD channels as well. HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, The Movie Channel and Encore has HD channels as well.
This list is not complete and no one provider, cable or sat carries anywhere near the total amount that is available, but you can go to this link and see a more complete list for cable. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post1297963
Just remember, at this point, it isn't the amount of HD a provider carries, but the quality they carry in content as well as PQ. Everyone is in a bandwidth crunch right now and so no one can carry all that is available, but that is changing fairly fast. D* is in the middle of launching new sats that are dedicated to HD only and will have that completed within the next 12 to 18 months. When complete, they will have enough bandwidth to offer 1500 local HD stations (there is only about 1800 total stations in the US and it is a given not all will go HD) and 150 national HD channels. As SD subs change over to HD, over the next several years, those channels that offer HD and SD channels, the SDs will go away and that will open even more bandwidth so it is a win-win for everyone.
Dish hasn't announced any such major plans. They seem to be playing a "follow the leader" mentality. Whatever D* does, they do but they don't have the bandwidth to keep up.
Cable is undergoing many changes and switched is only one for more bandwidth and it too is bringing problems.
Nothing is fool proof yet, but if you understand that going in, HD is a wonderous experience!