DirecTV continues to roll out MPEG-4 local channels in HD across the country, today announcing 25 markets that will be added during the fourth quarter. This brings the total number of local markets with HD to 67, representing nearly three-quarters of US households. As always, customers will need a new dish and receiver to get the ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox channels. No extra cost for the programming, which is available to all with Total Choice programming including local channels, but it might also be a good time to upgrade to the new HR20 DVR. This rollout seems to have gone pretty smoothly, starting at the end of 2005 with just New York and LA to this, and DirecTV still plans to have capacity for 150 national HD channels in 2007 thanks to two new satellites. The list follows after the break.
The 25 markets added
:

Albuquerque, N.M.
Mobile, Ala.
Buffalo, N.Y.
New Orleans
Des Moines, Iowa
Norfolk, Va.
Flint, Mich.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Ft. Meyers, Fla.
Portland, Me.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Providence, R.I.
Green Bay, Wisc.
Reno, Nev.
Greensboro, N.C.
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Greenville, S.C.
Spokane, Wa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Springfield, Mo.
Jacksonville, Fla.
Toledo, Ohio
Little Rock, Ark.
Tulsa, Okla
Madison, Wisc.

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