Many Dish customers may be upset to realize the satellite network dropped Smithsonian HD in order to add Crime & Investigation Network in HD. This is according to an article from Multichannel News that describes the former Smithsonian channel as now just a blank screen.
If you tune into the channel, the blank screen appears with the text “Dish Network regrets that we no longer offer this channel,” and advises viewers to check out their website to find out more details. Apparently the Smithsonian logo was replaced with the CI (Crime & Investigation) logo. The channel was offered in its Platinum HD package which costs an additional $10 per month.
Dish Network also started a promotion today for new customers. Those who signup will enjoy a $9.99 mo. special offer for 6 months, which includes 50 HD channels and over 100 digital channels. The promotion also offers a free HD DVR upgrade, although you still have to pay $5.98 mo. for the standard DVR.