I finally received a response to my email to Armstrong about their future HD plans. This is mostly customer-service-speak but I have faith they will get some new channels soon.
Armstrong has been talking to ESPN, Discovery and HD Net for months concerning their HD channels. Direct TV is the 1st large provider to add a high definition "tier" of services for an additional monthly fee. To date, almost no video providers have agreed to carry ESPN HD (no major cable companies, no Dish Network). This is primarily due to contractual provisions ESPN has insisted upon so far.
Several new HD networks are currently being developed, including one from InDemand. High definition definitely enhances the sports and movie experience. Over the next few months, it will become clearer as to how much HD content is going to be available. That will allow a realistic, long-term HD group of channels to be offered. Armstrong is committed to provide our customers great HD product at the lowest possible price. Please know, we are very aware of the potential value our customers place on high definition content. As I'm sure you are aware, Direct TV does not show any of the major broadcast network programming in HD, so the biggest shows on television (Super Bowl, Monday Night Football, ER, CSI, etc.)are not available in HD through Direct TV. I would ask you to be patient a little longer so we can maximize your future choice and keep costs to a minimum.
Diane S. Wyant
Customer Service Center Supervisor