DISH adds local HD in 8 markets, expands MPEG-4 delivery

Dish Network has added 8 local HD areas to bring their total to 84 markets, reaching 76 percent of U.S. households with TVs. The added markets include: Charleston-Huntington, W.V.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Pa.; Jacksonville, Fl.; Lexington, Ky.; Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.; Louisville, Ky.; and Wichita Falls, Texas and Lawton, Okla.

Dish Network also expanded its MPEG-4 delivery markets, reaching a total of 61 as of today. The added 9 markets are located in the eastern part of the U.S. and include: Charleston-Huntington, W.V; Cincinnati, Ohio; Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Pa.; Jacksonville, Fl.; Lexington, Ky.; Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.; Louisville, Ky.; Springfield, Mo.; Wichita Falls, Texas and Lawton, Okla.

Those markets now receiving the MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding Standard will be able to view movies in 1080p, the highest consumer based high-definition currently available and the same resolution used on Blu-ray Discs.

DISH Network says it currently offers up to 114 national HD channels and will increase that number up to 150 channels by the end of the year.

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Jeff Chabot writes about technology, broadcasting, and digital entertainment. You can also find him on Gameverse, Gadget Review, and Google+.

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