Originally posted by Hov
I don't even know why they would sell HDTV's in Erie then? I'm considering forgetting it. My only hope is obviously in a satellite which I notice is on every other rooftop in the city. Someone on here mentioned that CBS and NBC national feeds are available from DirectTV? Could someone give me the lowdown on what is available through DirectTV or Dish here? I've also heard that they may offer the local Erie market this summer after the new satellites but that means we'll get the same digital-SD crap, only through the dish?
You'll not be able to get the national over-air feeds from DirecTV or Dish at all in Erie, since none of the local market stations are owned and operated by the networks, and Erie has local affiliates for all the networks.
(Yes, the Erie media market sucks.)
The ONLY hope you have will be probably a year or more down the road, when DirecTV ramps up its HD "local into local" feeds. The biggest markets get them later this year, the top 50 or so markets get them by the end of the year (Cleveland, Pittsburgh, etc.), and Erie will be sometime in the year after that.
But an if...a BIG IF...
IF the local network affiliates go HD.
Sometime before July 2006, all Erie digital stations will have to be full power, by order of the FCC. The HD part of that is not an FCC issue...it's a local station/network issue. One of the biggest problems is that Nexstar (often called "Death Star" in the TV biz) owns two of the local affiliates. To say they suck would not be strong enough. They're like a small market version of Sinclair.
I wish I had any better news.