DirecTV/EchoStar to provide local channels to all!

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  1. Robert Crawford

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    This morning while at work, I read a press release on my company's website that DirecTV and Echostar will provide local channels to all customers, once their merger is completed. I didn't read any specifics about the implementation timing of providing these local channels but it sounds like excellent news to their customers. Hopefully, this press release will make it to other news-gathering organizations sometime today.

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    Interesting. I'm kind of torn on this one -- I hate to see just one satellite company, since I think the Dish/Direct competition has been a good thing for both systems. But, at the same time (as a DirecTV customer), I would love to get local channels (which I can't now) and see expanded HDTV offerings (provided I can watch them on my obsolete analog-only HDTV).

    Can't wait to see how this plays out.

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    I'm going to enjoy seeing them gang up on Cable companies across the country. I'm in an area with only one cable option, and they just raised their rates $10/month on everyone... Right now it is Sat vs. Sat, after this merge it will be Sat vs. Cable. We'll still see the benefits of competition, just not among the same peers.
     
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    All of this is contingent on approval for merger[​IMG]
    We also remeber a certain person saying "READ MY LIPS-NO NEW TAXES!"[​IMG] They will also have to put a new sat in the sky, surely we the consumer will have to pay for this. I am all for locals on sat as long as I get great reception, But here in OK, I doubt that will happen[​IMG]
     
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    I truly hope that this merger passes & quickly. My parents have cable & their prices just increased. Their picture quality is also nowhere near to my DishNetwork picture. I would love to have the locals via Dish & ultimately the hd.
     
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    480I locals? What a waste of bandwidth.

    Kevin C.
     
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    Not a waste of bandwidth if they give us the ability to watch networks from other states, in addition to my current local ones.
     
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    Why would anyone want to watch local stations in other areas? You like seeing the same local news (fire, murder, car crash, weather, weather, and more weather, and local sports) from other places?

    Plus, all local channels means even more compression! Oh goody.

    I enjoy FREE over the air HDTV broadcasts.
     
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    It means I can record shows that conflict with other programs in my local area.
     
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