DirecTV moving forward with HD locals

August 4, 2005

Directv_7DirecTV is set to launch local HD channels in MPEG4 on or around November 1st, just in time for football season, that is if you upgrade your hardware to an MPEG4 compliant device. During today’s 2nd quarter conference call with investors, a DirecTV spokesman indicated “We expect to have a significant HD presence for the holiday season”. Good news for home theater aficionados if this rolls out as scheduled.

It’s assumed that DirecTV will offer an inexpensive upgrade path for those subscribers wishing to move to MPEG4 compliant hardware; however on-hand supply of the MPEG4 boxes will be limited throughout the end of 2005, with the first real push of MPEG4 from DirecTV coming in 2006. Also mentioned during the call was the launch of DirecTV’s Video on Demand service, that will work in conjunction with a DirecTV branded DVR.

The initial 12 cities to receive the HD locals should include:

New York
Los Angeles
Chicago
Philadelphia
Boston
San Francisco
Dallas/Ft. Worth
Washington, DC
Atlanta
Detroit
Houston
Seattle/Tacoma

I say should because none were mentioned by name, but the cities listed above represent Nielsen’s top 12 markets.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under DirecTV News


Comments

  • Scott Johnson

    Hopefully the conversion to MPEG4 will be free. And even if it is truly free, I doubt that I will be very happy without my TiVo. 🙁

  • Scott Johnson

    Hopefully the conversion to MPEG4 will be free. And even if it is truly free, I doubt that I will be very happy without my TiVo. 🙁

  • HSR

    Any idea what the cost will be to upgrade from an HD DVR to a MPEG4 DVR?

  • HSR

    Any idea what the cost will be to upgrade from an HD DVR to a MPEG4 DVR?