DishNetwork and Viacom

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  1. Brian Bunge

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    Someone on another forum said that he thought DishNetwork was in negotiations with Viacom to possibly provide up to 18 more HD channels. Does anyone know anything about this?
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  2. Jon_T

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    It appears that Dish and Viacom do have a new agreement since Dish added VH-1 Classic to the AT150 and MTV2 moved down to the AT50 package.
    Viacom owns CBS and has signed an agreement with Dish to provide CBS owned and operated HD channels. These are probably the 18 HD channels mentioned in the other thread. Here are the requirments from the press release:
    Depending on where they live, DISH Network customers will be offered one of the CBS HD feeds as long as they meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
    * They live within a market served by a CBS Owned and Operated Television station, which includes: New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Boston; Detroit; Dallas; Miami; Minneapolis; Denver; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Baltimore; Salt Lake City; Austin, Texas; and Green Bay, Wis. CBS has granted DISH Network blanket authority to deliver the HDTV feeds into the markets that are served by CBS O&Os, which cover nearly 35 percent of U.S. TV households. DISH Network customers subscribing to a local channel package from one of these cities will receive the CBS HD signal at no additional charge.
    * They live in a "white area," which is defined by the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act as an area unserved by a local CBS Television Network analog signal delivered over the air. Eligible DISH Network customers in a white area subscribing to a local channel package will also receive the CBS HD signal at no additional charge.
    * They are "served" by a CBS affiliate that is not owned and operated by CBS but elects to allow the satellite-delivered HDTV feed into their coverage area. DISH Network customers subscribing to a local channel package from one of these cities can receive the CBS HD signal at no additional charge or for a nominal monthly fee in cities where local channels are not offered by DISH Network.
    http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/010712/nyth071.html
     
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    I'll keep an open mind on this one. The opening post said "Viacom" and "18 channels".
    In bringing up Viacom's web site, it is apparent that they lord over more stations than CBS.
    The next most likely to provide an HD feeds would be UPN, Sundance, FLIX, and TMC. UPN already having announced that the next "Trek" series will be shot in HD.
    While I doubt that Viacom would provide HD feeds from CMT, MTV, VH1, BET, TNN, CBS Sports, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, or TVLand anytime soon, anything is possible.
    South Park in High Definition? ...naaahhhhhhhh [​IMG]
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  4. RAF

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    Of course, another possibility is that someone counted all 17 of the CBS "local" HD affiliates and added Showtime HD to come up with the count of 18 "stations" being "provided" by Viacom.
    This wouldn't surprise me since we live in the land of MediaSpeak.
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  5. Brian Bunge

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    Robert,
    Just keep in mind us Dish owners already have Showtime HD so that wouldn't technically be included in an "addition." [​IMG]
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