Across the U.S., DirecTV has launched local PBS channels in HD (High-Definition) in 14 different markets. The markets range from New York to Los Angeles, covering many major metropolitan areas. The satcaster says it will continue to launch the public channel in more markets over the next several months.
The agreement between the Association of Public Television Stations and DirecTV was made last year, allowing DirecTV to offer the channel wherever DirecTV offers local HD. As of Nov. 20, DirecTV covers 115 local markets, representing 87 percent of U.S. television households.
DirecTV now offers local PBS stations in HD in the following areas:
Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Iowa City-Dubuque, Iowa
Davenport-Iowa Rock Island-Moline, Ill.
Norfolk-Newport News, Va.