At one time DIRECTV was the
undisputed HDTV leader: the first to carry the ever popular HDNet and still the only provider to offer an HD TiVo.
DIRECTV has been pouring all of their resources into offering local HDTV channels
and at the same time
letting their national HD lineup
. Many subscribers are less than happy
with their HD locals experience
. As if
this wasn't enough, subscribers are complaining about the amount of compression that DIRECTV uses on their HD lineup.
Meanwhile DISH Network continues to add more HD channels such as the VOOM
channels. After all this
tipping of the HD advantage in DISH's favor DIRECTV now announces a rate hike.
Current subscribers will pay $3 more
per month, while new subscribers will pay as much as $4 more per month. To top it all off, DIRECTV claims that the
reason for the increase is because they have invested so much money in bringing HD to the viewers.