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Q. I noticed that
DIRECTV is going to carry this new Dog TV channel and it won't
be in high-def. Come on! It's 2013! Why are there still channels
not in HD and why do TV services still not carry some HD
channels in HD? -- Edward, St. Louis, Missouri.
take the first question first. Some companies, such as Dog TV,
may find that producing a new channel is still too costly in
High-Definition. Even with today's HD cameras and HD production
studios being less expensive than they were even a few years
ago, it still costs more to launch a channel in HD than in
standard-definition. And for a new company looking to save money
with its channel launch, the extra cost might be too much.
Now as for TV providers not carrying HD channels in HD, there
are a lot of reasons for that.
One, the TV provider may not have enough system space for
additional HD channels at this time. Some estimates have found
that it takes roughly seven times the amount of system space to
carry an HD channel compared to a SD channel. Satellite and
cable operators are constantly working to expand their
channel capacities, which is why you may suddenly notice a TV provider
start adding new HD channels.
Two, some networks will require additional compensation to carry
both their SD and HD channels and the TV provider will decide to
only carry the SD edition to save costs.
I think you'll see both reasons listed above become less
important in the coming years. For instance, DIRECTV, which was
slow to add new HD channels a few years ago, has been adding
them steadily in the last 12 months or so and it says it
hopes to offer all channels
in high-def by 2016.