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I know this topic has been drummed in to the earth numerous times, but...


I don't know if this has already been mentioned on the forum yet, but we (CC) recently received D*'s new brochures for this fall. In this brochure on their HD page there is a big ESPN 2 HD logo, followed by "coming this fall".


I know speculation is always rampant about these things, but I can't imagine they would put this in literature that thousands and thousands of people are going to see without the intent of delivering.


So, for what it's worth, ESPN 2 HD coming this fall...
 

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From B&C's HD Update...


ESPN2 HD's Direct Hit


ESPN launched ESPN2-HD with much fanfare last January at the Consumer Electronics Association show (CES) in Las Vegas. Much fanfare, but not many viewers. That changes on Sept. 8 when DirecTV finally delivers the channel to its 700,000 HD subscribers. The companies announced a deal months ago, but never said when the new service would launch on the nation's dominant satellite carrier. Until now, only Adelphia and Mediacom viewers have actually received ESPN2 HD.


The launch is great news for ESPN as the network has been producing ESPN2 events in HD since last January, adding to the cost of those productions, but with little return on investment. The addition of DirecTV's HD subscribers changes that.


"I think we'll have an equal number of event telecasts on ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD from Sept. 1 through the end of the year," says Bryan Burns, ESPN VP, strategic planning and business development.


The inaugural ESPN2-HD event on DirecTV on Sept. 8 is a college football game from Miami between Oklahoma State vs. Florida Atlantic. On Sept. 10 they'll be able to tune into another college game (expect ESPN and ESPN2 to air 70 college games in HD this fall) when Pittsburgh squares off against Ohio University.


Burns believes DirecTV's carriage is a tipping point both for the network and HD in general. And he says those distributors that don't feed HD owners' demand for content will put their customers at competitive risk.


"I'm not sure most in our industry understand what is about to happen in living rooms across America," he says. "I think there is going to be a dramatic increase in consumer demand for 16x9 HD this fall and 2006 is going to be the year we will look back and say, "that's when it turned the corner."
 

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I thought Ken H said the 6th -- but you might be right steve
 

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great info klick, thanks for the post!
 

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Originally Posted by klick
"I'm not sure most in our industry understand what is about to happen in living rooms across America," he says.
The same mass confusion about what's HD and what's not HD that the launch of ESPNot-HD caused.
 

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I've actually been disappointed with ESPN-HD everytime I look it's SD material... why do you need another HD channel when they don't utilize the first?
 

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I've actually been disappointed with ESPN-HD everytime I look it's SD material... why do you need another HD channel when they don't utilize the first?
If you build it, they will come.
 

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That's good news for DirectTV but still no word on when it's coming to Comcast....if anyone knows let us know.
 

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Got to be better than what I have for SD ESPN2....
You are right about that. ESPN2 may be the worst PQ for SD.
 
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