More HD for DISH

As part of an ongoing push to expand its high-def programming slate, DISH Network late last week launched CNN HD, SCI FI HD and USA HD.

The new high def channels are available to DISH customers who subscribe to AT100 and Essentials HD or higher. CNN HD is available on channel 200 HD, SCI FI HD is available on channel 122 HD, and USA HD is available on 105 HD.

And the HD programming additions came with the company reiterating its commitment to keep growing its high-def programming slate, despite some challenges for the service, including a recent failed satellite launch. Eric Sahl, senior vice president of programming for DISH Network, said Friday that the small dish service is sticking to its year-end goal of 100 local HD markets and 100 national HD channels.

Also last week, the company announced the addition of seven local HD markets: Baltimore, Md.; Columbia, S.C.; Green Bay, Wis., Cleveland/Akron, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wis.; Richmond, Va.; and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.

With those additions, DISH Network said it offers HD locals in 46 markets, reaching more than 60 percent of U.S. TV households.

In order to view HD programming, DISH Network customers can upgrade to a dishHD receiver like the ViP722. The dual-tuner HD DVR operates with 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 and allows customers to pause, rewind and fast forward TV.