Canadian DSS HDTV?

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  1. Daniel J

    Daniel J Stunt Coordinator

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    I've got a super-nice XGA projector and am considering a digital satellite service.
    Which of the Canadian providers (Starchoice and Bell) provides better HDTV content? what about the hardware?
     
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    ExpressVu uses the Dish 6000 receiver, which is a pretty nice piece of gear. For Star Choice, you start with the model 401 receiver and add the HDD-201 High Definition Decoder. The price works out to be a little more expensive for Star Choice.
    Currently, ExpressVu offers 3 physical channels of HD programming. One is dedicated to PPV movies (one or two titles per month), one is a demo channel, and one is for network programming. I believe they have access to all the US networks except NBC (they were also lacking PBS until recently).
    Star Choice offers 1 physical channel today, but word is that this will expand to 3 as of November 1st. There may also be a reduction is the price of the HDD-201 at that time. They selectively carry content from PBS, CBS, ABC and NBC. The preferrence list seems to be PBS specials first, CBS programming second, ABC third and NBC last.
     

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