DirecTV tops 100 local HD channels

Satellite broadcaster DirecTV says it is well on its way to its promise to deliver at least 120 local HDTV services by year-end. As at Oct 8 it had 100 ‘local into local’ HD stations being carried on its satellites.

DirecTV says some 83% of US TV homes can now receive its local TV channels in high-def. The broadcaster added two more markets on Wednesday (Columbia-Jefferson City, Missouri, and Evansville, Indiana). By year-end that coverage will reach 88% of US TV homes.

Rival Echostar Dish Network is also promising 100 local HD markets will be covered by year-end, and said its current expansion saw local-into-local HD in distinct 70 markets reaching 71% of US homes.