DIRECTV will begin the rollout of 16 new HD local-channel markets next month, providing more than 97% of U.S. TV households access to local channels by the end of this year. When the rollout is complete, the DBS service will offer local channels in 172 markets, including local HD in 155 markets.
DIRECTV will rollout the following new HD local markets, beginning in June with Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.; Idaho Falls-Pocatello, Idaho; and Joplin-Pittsburg, Mo. In Q3, DIRECTV will launch Albany, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Gainesville, Fla.; and Montgomery-Selma, Ark. In Q4, Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Binghamton, N.Y.; Clarksburg-Weston, W.Va.; Lubbock, Texas; Sioux City, Iowa; Terre Haute, Ind.; Wheeling-Steubenville, W.Va.; and Wichita Falls-Lawton, Texas.
For customers who live within the DMA of each market, DIRECTV will deliver HD programming from the primary broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC – where available.