Grand Rapids, Green Bay, Greensboro and Providence step right up, you're the latest few in DirecTV's campaign to roll out MPEG-4 local channels via satellite. And by "few" we mean fewer than expected. DirecTV previously announced it was planning to add local stations to 25 markets in the fourth quarter of this year, bringing the total number to 67. Without any update on why, these latest press releases indicate that with the four markets added yesterday the company is now up to 49, and expects to add eight more by the end of the year. Thanks to our 3rd-grade educations we have deduced that this will only be 57 markets total. Which 10 cities can join Albany-Shenectady-Troy in waiting for next year is unknown, but maybe that means have the HR20's glitches will be fixed by the time locals come to your area. The stations added yesterday are:

  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • WZZM/ABC and WWMT/CBS
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
    • WXLV/ABC, WFMY/CBS, WGHP/FOX and WXII/NBC
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin
    • WBAY/ABC, WFRV/CBS and WGBA/NBC
  • Providence, Rhode Island
    • WLNE/ABC and WJAR/NBC

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DirecTV activates HD locals in four cities, only eight more coming this year?