DirecTV sent me a letter. It looks like they finally figured out the legal issues and now can broadcast local channels in HD. This has been a big competitive pitch by the cable companies. So the letter said, 'Call us and we will hook you up with a new satellite and a new receiver'. This kind of annoys me because I just (last year) bought (out of pocket) a new HDTV receiver. It cost several hundred dollars. The one with HD and DVR costs $900 at the time. Now they give away the receiver for free ($100 retail) and the DVR one costs $400. The new satellite dish has 5 nubbins. Katie doesn't like the term nubbins, but I don't have another word for the things on the end of the dish. This worries me too. How many nubbins are they planning on having? Doesn't this architecture have severe limitations?
And they snuck in a 2-year commitment requirement for this deal. This annoys me too because I like to call them up every once in a while, threaten to quit and get free HBO. Now I have to wait 2 years to do that.
Anyway, the bottom line is this: This year, I will be able to watch the Jets national games in HD. I will also get FOX and NBC in HD finally. This is a good thing and the reason I agreed to the other annoyances. One day, I hope DirecTV will annoy me less and wow me more.