STATIONS BROADCASTING HDTV:
(CBS) - broadcasting 1080i
Most of the CBS prime-time schedule is broadcast in HDTV each night. The Young and the Restless daytime soap as well as special events, movies and sporting events are also broadcast in HDTV. Thus far this year CBS has broadcast all the AFC play-off games, Sony Open, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and the Masters in HDTV. CBS will have 12 SEC College football games in HD this fall and US Open Tennis on Sept. 7,8,9. CBS-HD is also currently being offered on Dish Network, but it's not available in all areas, see the many recent topics for more details.
(ABC) - broadcasting 720p
ABC broadcasts several movies a month (Wonderful World of Disney and ABC’s Saturday/Sunday night Big Picture) and 'NYPD Blue' in HDTV & 5.1 DD. It is rumored that ABC will follow CBS lead and broadcast a majority of its prime-time shows in HDTV for the 2001-2002 season. NYPD Blue, Philly, Alias, Thieves and The Practice have been confirmed for next season.
(PBS) - broadcasting 1080i
PBS transmits 4 - 5 new shows/documentaries a month in HDTV, plus several SDTV widescreen shows/documentaries. They also show HDTV Demonstrations regularly through out the day.
(NBC) - broadcasting 1080i
NBC carries 'The Tonight Show' in HDTV each evening. Dallas Maverick playoff games have also been televised in HD this year, thanks to Mark Cuban (see HDNet, below). ER may have a shot of being in HDTV next season since ER is presented in widescreen this season. NBC has already confirmed that they will add several more hours of HDTV this fall.
(HBO) – broadcasting 1080i
About 75% of the movies on HBO are HDTV. The rest are upconverted to HDTV (480i to 1080i) Most of HBO produced movies are shown in HDTV. The Sopranos is broadcast in HDTV. The Bruce Springsteen Concert was also televised in HDTV and 5.1 DD. HBO-HD is available from Dish, DirecTV, BUD and a few select cable systems.
(ShowTime) – broadcasting 1080i
ShowTime is currently only available on C-Band, Dish Network and some Cable systems. I would say that about 55% of the movies on ShowTime are broadcast in HDTV. The rest are upconverted to HDTV-like picture.
(MSG-HD) – broadcasting 1080i
Madison Square Gardens sports station shows the Knick, Rangers and Yankees home games in HDTV. But it is currently an exclusive to Cablevision in NY.
(Fox Sports – HD) – broadcasting 1080i
Fox sports broadcast New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Nets, and New York Mets home games in HDTV. But it is currently an exclusive to Cablevision in NY.
The rumor is that Cablevision has said after they upgrade their local system so all of their subs can get these channels, they will make them available to the DBS providers.
(ASCN) - broadcasting 1080i
Paul Allen and the Portland Trail Blazers have all ready started a new HDTV Sports Channel. Action Sports Cable Network is available on select cable systems in the Pacific Northwest, they are asking Dish/DirecTV subs to call & ask for ASCN.
and the others....
(HDNet) - soon to be broadcasting 1080i
Mark Cuban founder of http://www.broadcast.com
and owner of the Dallas Mavericks is also planing an HDTV Sports Network. (Appears that this will likely be an DirecTV exclusive) http://www.hd.net
Recent info from Mr. Cuban says this will begin by October 1st.
The Discovery channel was previously expected to have its HDTV channel up and running about 2 years ago but it now appears that they will only be shooting some things in HD and keeping it to themselves (i.e. Future-Proofing). Some of the content has shown up on DirecTV's demo ch 199.
(Fox) - broadcasting 480p
Fox does not broadcast true HDTV (720p or 1080i), but many Fox shows are in widescreen 480p. Starting this Fall Fox will tape some of it's shows in 720p but they will only be aired in 480p.