Who said the HD channel war was over anyway? Dish announced today it now offers 200 national HD channels, which include the addition of EPIX HD, G4 HD, and Turner Classic Movies HD. But good luck finding an actual list of those added 40 HD channels (Dish previously boasted 160 HD channels) — you’ll just find the eight listed in Dish’s press release.
Besides the three mentioned above, Dish has also added Headline News HD, History International HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, ShortsHD, and Style HD.
“While others repeatedly claim they have the capacity to offer 200 HD channels, only DISH Network has delivered,” said Tom Cullen, executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Programming for DISH Network.
So where are the additional 32 HD channels? One might suggest Dish is counting PPV or maybe part-time HD channels. Dish also carries many premium HD channels which it counts as part of their HD lineup.
If the war is over, service providers are clearly not listening. Lawsuits and counter lawsuits between Dish Network and DirecTV have been going back and forth over service misrepresentation for years now. Dish is the latest to claim it “rules the roost” when it comes to high-definition.
The company also mentioned their ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR, with 1 terabyte capacity, which allows remote access to your Dish programming via laptop or mobile device.
UPDATE: Dish says 57 of the claimed 200 HD channels are VOD titles (only available to customers with the ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR) — via Multichannel News.