DISH Network Ups HD Offerings
By Jonathan Hemingway -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/10/2007 11:16:00 AM
Echostar’s DISH Network is increasing its high-definition (HD) offerings with planned channel rollouts over the next three months.
On Wednesday, DISH will launch eight regional sports networks (RSNs) in HD. The networks offered include Fox Sports Net (FSN) Arizona, FSN Northwest, FSN Cincinnati, FSN Pittsburgh, FSN Detroit, FSN North, SportsTime Ohio and SportsNet New York. Including nine other HD RSNs launched earlier this year, DISH now offers 17 RSNs in hi-def.
On August 15, DISH will rollout seven national HD channels that will be added to its DishHD package. Channels included in the package are MHD, which features music programming from MTV, VH1, and CMT; Golf/Versus HD; Animal Planet HD; The Science Channel HD; TLC HD; Discovery HD; and History HD. History HD will not actually be up until September 1. These additions will give DISH Network the largest national HD line-up, according to the company.
The company announced the additions just days after DBS competitor DIRECTV launched a new satellite to expand its HD capacity. DIRECTV expects to have capacity to offer 100 HD channels by year’s end.
Dish has already lost me, no matter what their HD offerings are. When I signed up for the HD receiver and agreed to an 18 month term, I did so expecting that I would continue to receive both the MLB EI package and the distant networks. I''''ve been a Dish subscriber for over 10 years, but am jumping to DirecTV as soon as I can.
Jeff M - 8/14/2007 3:46:00 PM EDT
Football season is 45 days away and I'm still waiting for "The Mountain" so I can see the only college football that I am interested in. come on, you guys can get this deal done. Mike
Mike Mink - 7/18/2007 8:13:00 PM EDT
Dish Network, what you have to do to keep your customers because I'm one of them is get these channles here.
U don't want Direct TV to beat you to the punch:
5)Life Time Movie network.
8)The western channel
I don''t consider the additions above, as a customer, to be as aggressive as to what Direct TV is talking about. They intend to offer every one of those channels and many more.
So Dish Network, now its time to really bring quality programming in HD to your customers and not the fluff.
You have a great service. So please invest in those channels above and keep all your very good customers from moving to direct TV.
Thank you very much,
A Dish Network customer for almost 5 yrs.
Gary Sturghill - 7/16/2007 11:00:00 PM EDT
Where''''s Fox Sports Bay Area? Come on Dish Network, we want the Giants & A''''s games in HD too. Stop slacking and making excuses.
SatMan - 7/16/2007 9:30:00 PM EDT
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