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Take that DirecTV, you announce 1080p "this year" and 130 HD channels in August and DISH one ups you with an announcement that it'll start offering 1080p VOD in August -- but DirecTV fanboys will take some comfort in the fact that DirecTV's latest bird started broadcasting HD channels today, while E...

July 31st 2008 at 10:23am 0 Comments
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Under a month after DirecTV announced that it would be migrating West Coast locals to MPEG4, the satellite provider is rolling out locals for the first time (in SD only for now, it seems) in Butte-Bozeman, Montana. Aside from giving residents of the area and visitors of beautiful Big Sky Resort a ta...

February 2nd 2008 at 11:47pm 0 Comments
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Just in case you thought they were focusing only on national HDTV channels, DirecTV recently announced it's adding local channels in Texas. Waco-area customers don't need bunny ears to get KCEN/NBC and KWTX/CBS in 1080i anymore. DirecTV's up to 67 markets with HD locals, provided customers have the...

December 1st 2007 at 4:33pm 0 Comments
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JJ over at PVR Wire has an interesting article up about the quirks and problems people seem to be having with their recently-released DirecTV HD PVR, the HR20. It's the satellite company's MPEG-4-based box which has enabled them to begin shifting customers to the lower-bandwidth codec and hopefully...

November 10th 2006 at 12:21pm 0 Comments
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DirecTV has started rolling out a few of the 25 markets it promised to add this year, bringing locals via MPEG-4 satellite to Madison, Reno, and Portland (Maine). You know the drill by now, new satellite and receiver are necessary, the new HR20 will work. Now the total number of markets with locals...

October 26th 2006 at 12:01pm 0 Comments
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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 n...

October 10th 2006 at 7:26pm 0 Comments
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Sure bandwidth issues are forcing DirecTV to play musical chairs with its HD channel lineup, that hasn't stopped it from adding local stations in several areas recently. Austin, Cincinnati and Las Vegas are all among the cities to get MPEG-4 local broadcasts. As with the others, to get the new stati...

September 27th 2006 at 8:44pm 0 Comments
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Continuing their rollout of high-def locals across the country, DirecTV has announced they are adding local broadcasts to their Seattle and Indianapolis markets. As we noted previously, subscribers will need to upgrade their receiver and dish to get the new MPEG-4 broadcasts. Indianapolis adds the A...

June 1st 2006 at 11:13am 0 Comments
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Just as DISH rolls out more locals, DIRECTV stays one step ahead, now announcing that 24 new markets will be getting HD programming via satellite starting in April.As we noted previously, customers who currently receive HD programming will get the channels at no extra charge.Check below for the list...

February 22nd 2006 at 8:43pm 0 Comments