Got a reply back from KFVE, KGMB & KHNL. The rumor is pretty much confirmed that DirecTV is at fault. (Like no onbe knew
Maybe with the D12 launch they'll have "enough bandwidth" to send out KHNL & KFVE's HD Signal.
Here's the reply-
Since trying to get DirecTV to air Super Bowl 2009 in HD on KHNL/NBC, their stance has been (and probably still is today) that they do not have the necessary bandwidth to carry that station in HD. As an engineer or even just an everyday viewer, this makes no sense at all if you ask yourself the following questions:
1.Why is it that Dish Network is able to carry KHNL/NBC in HD and DirecTV does not? Doesn't seem to be a bandwidth issue there or Dish Network would have the same problem. Is it due to the use of inferior equipment versus what Dish Network uses? Both Dish Network and DirecTV get our HD feed all the way to their home bases in Denver, CO via fiber.
2.If bandwidth was an issue, why not put less-watched or non-network-affiliated programming in SD to make room for a major network like NBC to be put up in HD?
3.Why is it that a non-subscriber can go to Wal-Mart, buy a cheap $20 indoor antenna, hook it up to their flatscreen TV and watch KHNL/NBC (and KGMB/CBS for that matter) in HD over-the-air yet with all the expensive DirecTV equipment you have at your home, you can't?
If you can find the answer to these questions then you have solved the mystery. Subscribers that I've spoken to over the phone think it's some type of conspiracy or conflict between DirecTV and the owner of NBC but no matter what the reason, you should be getting some type of discount on your subscription because you are not getting 100% for what you've paid for and if they refuse, you should change over to Dish Network since they do carry KHNL/NBC in HD.
I hope some of this information helps you see the bigger picture and, you are correct, WE are not to blame.
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