If you're a DirecTV subscriber waiting for the satellite service to offer HDTV local channels in the Cleveland market, you might want to get out your calendar for June.
OMW hears that Cleveland market DirecTV subscribers are getting an HD locals launch date from the company's customer service representatives - June 28th.
For DirecTV subscribers to get the new HD locals, they'll have to get new MPEG4-capable equipment from the satellite company.
At launch, the HD locals will almost surely be limited to the "Big Four" networks - the digital sides of WKYC/3 (NBC), WEWS/5 (ABC), WJW/8 (FOX) and WOIO/19 (CBS). DirecTV has yet to add other HD network affiliates in other markets, and even of those "other networks", only WUAB/43 (UPN) is available in HD format in the Cleveland market. WBNX/55 (WB) is still constructing its own digital operation...