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Monday, 28 April 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano is reporting that DirecTV is planning to launch a $10 per month (est.) HDTV option for its subscribers that will include the hard to find ESPN HD channel, Discovery HD Theater channel and an HDNet Movie channel. Currently, DirecTV’s HD channels include HDNet, HBO and Showtime. All but HDNet require additional monthly fees and this proposed new HD offering would be an additional fee above those charged for HBO and Showtime. Would subscribers with HDTV receivers pay the fees? Absolutely, they have invested in a new TV system along with a $700 receiver but they complain they don’t get enough in the terms of great HDTV content. HDTV early adopters are like Tyrone Biggums at a 5 o’clock free-crack-giveaway (watch Chapelle’s Show on Comedy Central for more insight on Tyrone Biggums) when it comes to more HD content. Even more importantly, many people have only digital satellite as their source for HDTV service ...
Wednesday, 16 April 2003 ,  Written by
EchoStar Communications Corporation announced that its DISH Network satellite TV service is preparing to launch up to 100 new international television channels this summer and offer a one-dish solution for customers seeking news, sports and entertainment from around the world, in addition to a robust selection of American programming packages, all on a single dish. With the launch this year of the EchoStar IX satellite, DISH Network intends to add up to 100 international channels from India, the Middle East, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Africa, China and more. DISH Network currently offers 42 channels of international programming in more than a dozen different languages. DISH Network will provide a complete turn-key broadcast solution for international programmers, including billing, call centers and in-language customer service, low-cost set-top boxes, encryption, uplink services, and nationwide sales and installation support. EchoStar will also offer assistance with signal transport from across the globe to DISH Network's uplink facilities in the United States.
Wednesday, 26 March 2003 ,  Written by
EchoStar Communications Corporation announced that its Dish Network will televise select NCAA Basketball Tournament games in HDTV. The first two games to be aired are on Friday, March 28 from San Antonio, followed by one game on Sunday, March 30 also from San Antonio, two semi-final games on Saturday, April 5 from New Orleans and finally the National Championship game on Monday, April 7. Dish Network customers can view the games on CBS-HD East channel 9453 and CBS-HD West channel 9454 at no additional charge. The CBS-HD games are available to eligible subscribers or those residing in the following 17 cities: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Greenbay, Wis., Los Angeles, Marquette, Mich., Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco
Tuesday, 18 March 2003 ,  Written by
Variety is reporting that James Gandofini (Tony Soprano) has dropped is lawsuit against HBO after a brief but very ugly and very public battle over per episode money for the hit mob drama The Sopranos on HBO. Gandolfini was reportedly making $400,000 per episode and wanted, according to some sources, as much as $2,000,000 per episode. That would have made him the most well paid actor on TV. Dollar figures were not disclosed in the report but it is save to assume that Gandolfini’s per-episode fees landed somewhere between the $600,000 HBO offered for Season Five and the astronomically high $2,000,000 fee Gandolfini was reportedly demanding. Gandolfini also insisted that HBO pay the crew and staff for the week of filming that was missed over the dispute. Much like a conflict on the show, the bad blood between HBO execs and Gandolfini will be soon forgotten thanks to the power of money. Now that ...
Friday, 07 March 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Being a die-hard Philadelphia Flyers fan living in Los Angeles, I was thrilled last night when I fired up my TiVo to watch the Flyers play the red-hot Vancouver Canucks, specifically because the DirecTV broadcast was the Philadelphia-Comcast feed. All season long, I have been forced to watch out-of-town broadcasts of most Flyers games, listening to the away team’s commentary and play-by-play. The Canadian broadcasts can be pretty good, but the New York, New Jersey and Boston broadcasters are nothing short of insulting to the opposing fans. The Buffalo Sabres’ broadcast is even worse.
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