Originally Posted by talbain
then their press conference is all the more ridiculous. why didn't they just take every damn channel in the lineup and stick an hd logo next to it and announce that while they were at it? then they'd have all their bases covered for when these nets EVENTUALLY go hd. in the meantime, they could claim 200+ upcoming hd channels
Because it is different from that. They are saying they have an agreement in place to launch the HD channel as soon as it is available. They don't have those agreements for every channel.
I don't mind this at all. This is like D* having an agreement to go live with the Big Ten channel even before it had a name (wonder if that will have any HD content?). It means they are ahead of the curve on new channels (which they usually are...unlike Charlie who waits and waits much of the time).
And, a lot of these agreements are at corporate level, which says companies like GE (NBC's parent) are thinking HD, which is good, and are more likely to push HD when they have an outlet like DirecTV.
Meanwhile, channels like Scifi can wait until they see the progress on the new D* birds. If they are delayed, they can delay as well (no other real outlets right now).
These are good announcements and folks are pissing on them because they are not done yet. That is what CES is about...futures.