DISH Network sets 200 channel HD goal

March 28, 2008

The US DTH provider DISH Network has said it will deliver 100 local HD markets and 100 national HD channels by the end of 2008. This month, the operator will start delivering local HD channels in four new markets, and adding the New England Sports Network (NESN) in HD.

In a statement, Eric Sahl, senior VP of programming, said: ďAnd over the next two months we will continue toward this goal by increasing our local HD offerings by more than 60%.
The four new markets are: 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% of US television households with local HD channels, the company said.