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FYI - Big Ten is doing a large number of non-CFB events in full HD. We have full HD Server capability in Master Control, and the Big Ten studios in Chicago are also full HD (a very nice new state-of-the-art HD facility). The Big Ten Tonight is a live news type show that airs in HD every night (also re-airs in HD), and other events like Soccer Games and stuff will also be in true HD (sometimes Live, sometimes delayed). And, of course, Saturdays we can have between 4-8 CFB games split up amungst different Big Ten regions. HD out the whazoo! Keeps me busy ;)

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RS4 said:
Subscriber numbers

FIOS numbers

There are several other sources, but the two above links are from skyreport.com. I also do a lot of reading on other sites such as dbstalk.com, multimedia & broadcast sites, plus investor news sites.
D*'s net subs of 128,000 in the 2nd quarter were an increase over the 125,000 in the year ago quarter as well as lowering their churn rate from 1.59 to 1.58 so basically flat. D* has significanlty lowered their churn rate from the 1.8 area where they were as recently as Q3 2006, probably somewhat due to the 2 year commitments people are signing up for as they upgrade equipment to the HR20. In fact Q1 of this year saw a churn of 1.44, the lowest in D* history so apparently a lot of the HR20 people haven't been running for the doors as you insinuate. BTW D* grew total subscribers 5% over last year's level. to 16.32 million subs.

Tivo on the other hand continues to languish as evidenced from their own drop in net adds. This excerpt was taken from Tivo's earnings press release.

"TiVo-Owned subscription gross additions for the second quarter were 41,000, compared to 74,000 gross additions for the year-ago period. As has been the case in recent quarters, gross subscription additions were impacted by the pace at which retailers moved to a high definition sales focus. Overall, TiVo-Owned subscriptions totaled 1.71 million, up 136,000 on an annual basis compared to the year ago-period. As expected, TiVo reported a net decline in DIRECTV TiVo subscriptions during the period as DIRECTV is no longer deploying new TiVo boxes. Cumulative total subscriptions as of July 31, 2007 were 4.2 million. Additionally, the monthly churn rate was 1.2% compared to 1.1% in the prior quarter. This increase was in part due to subscribers seeking HD DVR alternatives."

If you really want to look at people's opinion of how Tivo has done during the past year go to Yahoo Finance and type DTV in for a quote, pull up the chart and compare to TIVO, believe me you will want to have owned DTV over TIVO stock during the past year, about a 30% difference in performance.

And finally your comments about service levels and customer satisfaction.

follow this link http://www.jdpower.com/telecom/ratings/cable_satellite/index.aspx

You'll find that D* ranked #1 in 3 of 4 US regions for customer satisfaction. They ranked #2 in the North Central Region behing WOW!
 
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