Dish, DirecTV Add Local HDTV Markets

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EchoStar Communications Corp.’s Dish Network and DirecTV Inc. are ramping up their local-HD offerings.

Dish launched local-HD channels in 11 cities Wednesday: Dallas; Houston; Miami; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif.; San Antonio; and Seattle and Spokane, Wash.

EchoStar said Dish now offers local-HD services in 24 cities.

And DirecTV added local HDTV channels in Milwaukee, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and St. Louis Wednesday.

The nation’s largest direct-broadcast satellite provider is engaged in a nationwide expansion of HDTV programming -- one that will give it the ability to deliver more than 1,500 local HDTV channels and more than 150 national HDTV networks by 2007.

DirecTV now offers local HDTV broadcast channels in 24 cities, with plans to launch in an additional 26 cities later this year.

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