Dish Adds More Local HD Markets


Dish Network has added local HDTV service in three more markets, officials said Wednesday, inching ever closer to its goal of delivering 100 local HD channels by the end of the year.

The new local markets are Baltimore; Columbia, S.C.; and Green Bay, Wis. Dish Network now offers HD locals in 46 markets, reaching more than 60% of TV households.

In a press release last month, Dish executives said that over the next two months, the DBS provider would increase its local HD offerings by more than 60%.

On Monday, it added local HDTV service in Cleveland – Akron, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wis.; Richmond – Petersburg, Va.; and Tampa – St. Petersburg, Fla.

“Dish Network’s local HD market rollout continues as we charge toward our goal of reaching 100 local HD markets by the end of 2008,” Eric Sahl, Dish Network’s senior vice president of programming, said in a prepared statement Monday. “We are excited that Dish Network customers in these new HD markets can enjoy their favorite primetime programming in stunning high definition.”