Dish Network reaches 200 HD channels, really?

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.

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Jeff Chabot

Jeff Chabot

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

One Reply to “Dish Network reaches 200 HD channels, really?”

  1. Danielle says:

    I just came across your post and I just wanted to provide a little bit of insight. I work at DISH and I am also a DISH subscriber and I must say that the HD is unmatched. We do carry the most HD channels and the picture is the best. I would highly recommend that people looking for a subscriber who gives you the best value for your money to definitely look into getting DISH!

    *Danielle

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