More Local HD Markets for DISH

DISH Network launched three more local high def markets: Baltimore, Md.; Columbia, S.C.; and Green Bay, Wis.

With the additions, DISH Network said it now offers HD locals in 46 markets, reaching more than 60 percent of U.S. TV households. In addition, the markets join four others - Cleveland/Akron, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wis..; Richmond, Va.; and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. - that the company also launched this week.

In order to view HD programming, DISH Network customers must upgrade to a dishHD receiver such as the ViP722, a dual-tuner HD DVR that operates two televisions in separate rooms, one in HD and one in standard definition. The ViP722 can record up to 55 hours of HD and up to 350 hours of standard definition programming.

Meanwhile. DIRECTV said it launched satellite-delivered standard definition locals for viewers in Bangor, Maine. With the move, DIRECTV said it now offers standard definition local broadcast offerings in 150 markets, representing about 94 percent of U.S. TV households.