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The Hughes/News Corp FCC Application filing is available via www.hughes.com. Its a series of PDF docs, thus hard to search through the whole thing, and also difficult to cut and paste from. Here's a link to all the sections:
http://www.hughes.com/home/transitio...ion_filing.asp

The ones I found somewhat interesting were the consolidated application:
http://www.hughes.com/home/transitio...pplication.pdf

and the declaration of Peter Giacalone:
http://www.hughes.com/home/transitio...acaloneDec.pdf


I was trolling for some scoop on ESPN-HD, but these docs are long on hand-waving and short on specifics, so no luck there. There is some discussion of increasing capacity via various methods to increase HDTV capabilities. FWIW.

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News Corp. is also considering other strategies that could prove effective in extending local-into-local to more DMAs. For example, it is exploring the potential of incorporating digital terrestrial television tuners into DIRECTV set-top boxes. By mounting a small antenna for receiving broadcast signals at the same point where the satellite dish is located, most subscribers would be able to receive digital television broadcast signals from their local stations over-the-air. And unlike analog signals, which require the use of inconvenient “A/B†switching, these digital signals can be seamlessly processed by the STB with the DIRECTV satellite signal in a manner that will be transparent to the viewer. News Corp. will also explore other emerging technologies that could be used to deliver local signals, either alone or in combination with one or more of the above alternatives.
Imagine if they were to incorporate an [optional] antenna for local digital broadcasts on the back of the satellite dish...

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Higher order modulation schemes, such as the 8PSK technology FOX uses for its broadcast distribution to affiliates, could also provide additional capacity, as could further improvements in compression technology.


News Corp. will explore these and other technological and business solutions in an effort to help drive the transition to digital television.
 

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My rantings about people receiving locals using OTA antennas appear true. How nice....


Now, they need to develop some space-age active antenna to make this work for most of us.
 

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Murdoch is looking to boost OI some $765MM a year at DirecTV...and HD may be a channel to help him get there. Gosh!

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/20...876900013.html

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With News Corp's help, DirecTV can speed up its development of high-definition TV and interactive features that it needs to retain customers, the companies said in US Federal Communications Commission filings seeking approval of the purchase. Hughes would also benefit from sharing costs for product development and customer service, they said.
 

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Oh, and at least they are hand waving about doing something good for HDTV instead of the pre-merger hand waving about how without the merger, the satellite cos. could never really do any HDTV.
 
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