DIRECTV says 2007 is the "Year of HD". They have agreements or agreements in principal with HDTV version of 70 major networks including A&E, Bravo, Cartoon, CNN, Food, FX, HGTV, MTV, National Geo. NFL, Sci Fi, Speed, TBS, History, Weather, USA.
They said most will be online in 3rd quarter. When asked about mentioning some channels that haven't announced HD, they said this is the list so presumably all these channels will be HD by then.
When asked how they would be priced they said some would be in the HD package, some premium, a mix.
They also will have the retional sports networks in HD.
They said they have no schedule for dropping MPEG-2 but said it wouldn't be this year and perhaps a couple years.