DISH Takes Local HD Count to 70

A day after its DBS competition crossed a HD locals milestone of its own, DISH Network said Thursday that its high-def locals count now stands at 70 markets, a number that reaches 71 percent of U.S. TV households.

DISH said it added HD locals for five markets: Florence/Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Fort Myers/Naples, Fla.; Greenville/New Bern/Washington, N.C.; Madison, Wis.; and Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.

As part of the HD push, DISH continues to offer its TurboHD programming packages, which start at $24.99 a month and are available in three separate tiers. Current DISH customers looking to add high-def can get a "turbo-charged" HD package starting at $10 a month, the company said.

On Wednesday, DIRECTV said it crossed the 100 HD locals market milestone with the addition of Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo., and Evansville, Ind., markets.