Dish Has Local Binge

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EchoStar Communications Corp. had a local-TV spurt, announcing the availability of broadcast channels in six cities: Baltimore; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Madison, Wis.; Columbia, S.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; and Albany, N.Y.

EchoStar's Dish Network charges $5.99 per month to receive a suite of local channels. In Baltimore, for example, the package consists of affiliates of ABC (channel 2, WMAR), CBS (channel 13, WJZ), NBC (channel 11, WBAL), Fox (channel 45, WBFF), The WB Television Network (channel 54, WNUV), UPN (channel 24, WUTB) and PBS (channel 22, WMPT).

Separately, EchoStar said a federal judge in Nottingham, Colo., awarded it a $5.5 million judgment in a case against a former retailer called Sky Cable of Pennsylvania. The direct-broadcast satellite provider said the retailer breached its contract by selling systems to other retailers instead of solely to residential customers.

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