DISH Remains Committed to HD Effort

On Thursday, DISH Network said it would start delivering local HD channels in four new markets, and the satellite TV service is adding a key regional sports network in high-def. The pushes came along with a promise from the company that it's sticking to its high-def plans.

In a statement, Eric Sahl, senior vice president of programming for DISH Network, reiterated the company's goal of delivering 100 local HD markets and 100 national HD channels by the end of 2008. "And over the next two months we will continue toward this goal by increasing our local HD offerings by more than 60 percent," he said.

Along with that commitment, DISH said it will begin broadcasting local networks in high-def in four new markets: Austin, Texas; Flint, Mich.; Orlando, Fla.; and West Palm Beach, Fla.

With the additions, DISH Network offers HD locals in 39 markets, reaching more than 54 percent of U.S. television households with local HD channels, the company said.

Also, DISH said it will launch New England Sports Network (NESN) in high-def. The channel delivers coverage of Boston Red Sox baseball and Boston Bruins hockey, along with other sports offerings.