By Lisa Johnston
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Although the nation's two primary direct-to-home satellite TV suppliers are moving to significantly increase their HDTV offerings, both have been offering HD channels for several years.
DirecTV's current HD package includes ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, Discovery HD Theater, Universal HD, HDNet, HDNet Movies and HD Special Event for $10.99 per month.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
In August of 1976, Taylor Howard built the first private satellite television system.
Twenty-six years later, nearly 20 million American homes enjoy the value and quality that only satellite technology can provide.
Taylor Howard applied science to a vision and created an industry.
Cablevision's recently announced deal with Sony to develop and build interactive digital cable devices (TWICE, September 20, p. 58) is in part aimed at stemming the momentum of the home satellite industry and will likely tap the skills of retailers to get the message out to consumers.
The HDTV programming avalanche continues with a roar at International CES as the two major satellite providers showcase their new plans in Las Vegas.
In a nutshell, DirecTV and Dish Network are adding more HD channels, delivering local stations in high-definition to millions of consumers and, after a few hiccups, continuing the long transition to MPEG-4 receivers from their current MPEG-2 systems.
Las Vegas -- Anyone interested in seeing the future of the burgeoning personal video recorder (PVR) category needed to go no farther than last month's Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Show, where a legion of the new devices appeared disguised as satellite receivers.