Not sure if you saw this on the home page or not but here is some info about the Mega March Madness that DirecTv is putting on for the NCAA tournament. Hopefully we won't have to worry about this because we should be getting these from WCSC OTA. Anyway here is the article:
EL SEGUNDO, CA, March 17, 2003 - DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading digital multichannel service provider, announced today that it will offer select NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship games in high-definition, through the MEGA MARCH MADNESS subscription on the DIRECTV service.
Beginning March 21 on DIRECTV Channel 198, DIRECTV will broadcast up to eight CBS-produced and regionally shown Tournament broadcasts in high-definition format (1080i) from Birmingham, Ala., (March 21st and 23rd) and San Antonio (March 28th).
DIRECTV customers eligible to receive these games in high-definition include:
Residential and commercial DIRECTV customers with a 2003 MEGA MARCH MADNESS subscription and high-definition receiving equipment. These customers will receive the high-definition feed at no additional charge.
Residential DIRECTV customers with high-definition receiving equipment but without a 2003 MEGA MARCH MADNESS subscription. These customers can purchase the high-definition produced broadcasts via pay-per-game ordering for $24.95 a game.
Beginning March 20, DIRECTV customers who purchase MEGA MARCH MADNESS will receive up to 37 out-of-market CBS-produced broadcasts from the first three rounds, including the Sweet 16, of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship for $49.
What genius came up with the $24.95/game or $49 for all games???
Also, if DIrecTv has the bandwidth for this (and Pay-per-view), they should get rid of the HD Pay-Per-View and use that channel for ESPN-HD. What's the hold-up??
This just goes to show you that DirecTv IS INTERESTED in carrying HD content (i.e. ESPN)! DirecTv, you got two weeks to say you are carrying ESPN-HD or you will lose ALOT of business!