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  • Wide variety of programming available, including cable HDTV networks and local HDTV stations.
  • Many carriers will provide the set-top box, HD DVR, or HD package for less than $10 per month, if not free.
  • Digital Cable Ready HDTVs need only a CableCard smart card, available from your cable provider, to receive all programming, including HD–no cable box necessary.
  • Bundled broadband Internet access available from most cable providers.


  • While more HDTV programming is available over cable than via an antenna, choices are still spotty.
  • No cable access in many rural areas.
  • Regular monthly charges still apply.

What’s available
Varies by area; lineup may include some or all of the following:

  • ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, TNT-HD, PBS, UPN, WB, ESPN-HD, Universal HD, TNT HD, Discovery HD Theater, InHD, InHD2, HDNet, HDNet Movies, Additional Independent Stations.
  • Additional HD Channels include HBO-HD*, Cinemax HD*, TMC HD*, Starz HD*, Encore HD*



  • Satellite HDTV packages are often more affordable than cable counterparts.
  • New MPEG-4 compression technology will bring dozens of HD networks and hundreds of local HD stations to satellite subscribers.


  • Existing subscribers must buy set-top boxes (STBs).
  • Existing subscribers will have to upgrade their STBs to receive MPEG-4 transmissions.

What’s available
DirecTV HD package ($11 per month):

  • ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, Discovery HD Theater, HDNet, HDNet Movies, Universal HD, YES HD
  • Also available: High-definition PPV ($4.99 each), Showtime HDTV (for Showtime subscribers), HBO HDTV (for HBO subscribers), NBA TV (for subscribers), Select NFL Sunday Ticket games (for subscribers), HD feeds for ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC (certain areas only)

Dish Network HD Pack ($9.99 per month):

  • ESPN HD, Discovery HD Theater, HDNet, HDNet Movies, TNT HD
  • Also available: CBS HDTV (certain areas only), Dish Network pay-per-view in HD ($5.99 each), Showtime HDTV (for Showtime subscribers), HBO HDTV (for HBO subscribers), NBA TV (for subscribers)

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