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Wednesday, 18 June 2003 ,  Written by
“The Sopranos,” the popular modern day mobster series on HBO is on for one more season. This sixth season will last for 10 episodes. These additional ten episodes will complete seventy-five Sopranos episodes total, enough for a potential sale in syndication. The first five seasons all have thirteen episodes, but after having some reservations, David Chase, the creator, decided on a shorter ten episode final season. With the additional season, "The Sopranos" will end with 75 episodes on HBO, enough for a potential sale in syndication, which is likely to be among the most lucrative ever for a cable program.
Wednesday, 11 June 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
The announcement made by DirecTV last week that they would be broadcasting a host of new HDTV channels including ESPN HD, Discovery HD Theater and HDNet Movies makes the pitch for HDTV to the mainstream consumer far more compelling. Millions of people are thinking of investing in HDTV but the big objections continue to be limited access to HDTV signals and the lack of good programming. Terrestrial HDTV (available in many large U.S. cities) has a good amount of HD programming (especially in prime time) but not everyone can pull in the signals. While the broadcasts are over the air – they are also like cell phones with many of the same reception problems. Digital cable is quickly getting HDTV savvy by adding channels and increasing its services to wider areas but still far from everyone in the nation can get digital cable – let alone digital cable HDTV.
Tuesday, 03 June 2003 ,  Written by
DIRECTV, Inc., announced today that it will launch a new high-definition (HD) programming package on July 1. The HD package will include ESPN HD, Discovery HD Theater, HDNet and HDNet Movies, and is available by subscription for $10.99 per month. In addition, DIRECTV will also provide its customers with special events broadcast in HD, similar to events broadcast in the past, such as USA's coverage of the Masters Golf Tournament, NBA games and NBA TV programming blocks. ESPN HD is a 24-hour high-definition simulcast service of ESPN that delivers a lineup of sports events, news, information and entertainment telecasts currently available, including games from Major League Baseball, the NBA , the NFL and the NHL.
Wednesday, 07 May 2003 ,  Written by
EchoStar Communications Corporation and its DISH Network, just announced 42 new designated market areas where it plans to launch local TV channels, provided retransmission agreements with local TV stations can be formalized in each of the markets. This will bring the total number of markets DISH Network serves with local channels to 106 by the end of the year. DISH Network is also announcing that it plans to offer local channels via satellite in more cities across the nation by end of 2004. Today, consumers have a choice of receiving local TV channels from DISH Network in 64 U.S. cities.
Monday, 05 May 2003 ,  Written by
For the first time, NBA TV will broadcast live NBA games in HDTV. Several NBA games including playoff games are scheduled. HD broadcasts are available on channel 198 for DirecTV customers and channel 9425 for EchoStar customers. NBA TV is scheduled to show up to seven 2003 NBA Playoff games in HDTV. Check your local listing for current NBA Playoff schedule.
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