July 07, 2008 (TELECOMWORLDWIRE via COMTEX) — DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), a US pay-TV provider, has added four new high definition (HD) local markets to its coverage areas in the US. [ Press Release ]
According to DISH, provision of HD to the four new local areas, two in NY state, one in Tennessee and one in Michigan, means that the network now covers more than 69% of US TV households. The additional areas are part of an expansion announced by DISH in January, with a target by the end of the year of 100 local HD markets and 100 national TV channels.
In what would think is a move that could be biting their own tail, satellite television provider Dish Network began selling a digital-to-analog converter. The DTV converter allows older televisions that are not digital to enjoy digital transmissions over-the-air. Some might ask, “Why do I need satellite service then?” If you like having a lot of channels to choose from, you may want both.
DirecTV finished out on top with 32% of the votes. This is not surprising given their market penetration and dominance in HD channel offerings. Verizon FiOS, who currently only serves approximately 40 HD channels, came out with 27% of the votes. DISH Network, who trails DirecTV in number of HD channels, captured 15% of the votes.
Early this week LIN TV made a deal with DirecTV to broadcast both analog and high-definition channels. The agreement will include television stations owned by LIN TV in 15 markets. Some markets include Albuquerque, Austin, Buffalo, Dayton, Grand Rapids, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Springfield, Providence, Norfolk, and Hartford-New Haven.
Dish Network reached an agreement with Tribune to broadcast WGN America HD. That according to an article by Broadcasting & Cable. WGN America covers MLB teams Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox as well as the NBA’s Chicago Bulls.
DISH Network is offering a $50 incentive to switch to their services in the Grand Rapids, Green Bay, Hartford and Providence Areas. The offer comes after an agreement failed to be made between television/media company LIN TV and cable service provider Charter Communications to carry local stations offered by company.
DISH Network expanded its HD (high-definition) offerings to Ft. Myers – Naples, Florida. The satellite television provider is also offering new customers the chance to upgrade to a dishHD DVR receiver for free. The model being offered (ViP722) is a dual-tuner HD DVR that can operate two TVs in separate rooms.
Yesterday, satellite television provider DISH Network launched twenty new HD (high-definition) channels. The new channels will make the network more competitive with rival DIRECTV and competing cable and fiber-optic television providers. On Wednesday, two more channels will be added which include Comcast Sports Network Bay Area HD and Comcast Sports Network New England HD.
DISH Network has added two more local HD (high-definition) markets in Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut, and in Portland-Auburn Maine. The company plans to offer local HD to other areas that include Norfolk, VA, Buffalo, NY (May 2008), Jackson, MS, Mobile, AL, Memphis, TN and Omaha, NE (June 2008).
DISH Network announced the addition of 8 new high definition (HD) local markets that include the states of Vermont, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Rhode Island. DISH is now offering HD in 54 markets.
Dish Network announced yesterday the addition of four HD (high definition) local markets that includes: Cleveland – Akron (Canton), Ohio; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Richmond – Petersburg, Va.; and Tampa – St. Petersburg (Sarasota), Fl.
This morning DISH expanded its high definition lineup by offering local HD channels in 4 more markets including: Austin, Texas; Flint, Michigan; Orlando, Floriday; and West Palm Beach, Florida. This brings their number markets offering local HD in the U.S. to 39.
DISH Network announced it would start broadcasting local networks in high definition (HD) in four new markets including: Austin, Texas; Flint, Michigan; Orlando, Florida; and West Palm Beach, Florida. This announcement brings DISH’s HD offerings to 39 markets in the U.S.
A new satellite that was supposed to add more high definition (HD) channels to DISH Network’s lineup failed to reach orbit today. The satellite, owned by SES Americom, was launched last Friday in Kazakhstan under contract with Echostar, a sister company to DISH Network.
DISH Network reported through Reuters that it added only 85,000 network subscribers of the expected 167,000 subscribers last quarter. The company blames a poor housing market and economy, but also blamed competitors aggressively marketing high definition (HD) channels.
The Weather Channel is well on its way to the launch of its first HD studio programs, Your Weather Today and Evening Edition, on June 2, 2008. By early May, sets will be in place for the start of rehearsals from a four- story-high HD studio.