Dish Unveils Summer, Fall Local HD Launch Schedule


Dish Network Monday added local HD service in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Memphis, and revealed its local HD rollout plans for 22 markets for the summer and fall.

Right now, the nation’s No. 2 satellite provider offers HD locals in 61 markets reaching more than 68% of U.S. TV households.

Dish Network will also be adding local HD channels in Abilene, Texas, Madison, Wis., Albany, N.Y., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Beaumont, Texas, Chattanooga, Tenn., Columbia-Jefferson, Mo., Des Moines, Fargo, N.D., Greenville, N.C., Joplin, Mo., Lansing, Mich., Lincoln, Neb., Omaha, Quincy, Ill., Sherman-Ada in Texas/Oklahoma, South Bend, Ind., Syracuse, N.Y., Topeka, Kan., Waco, Texas, Wichita Falls, Texas, and Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

“Earlier this year, we started delivering on our commitment by adding new HD local markets and offering more national HD channels; the launch of Grand Rapids, Memphis and our additional 22 HD markets demonstrates that we are aggressively moving forward with plans to reach 100 HD local markets and 100 national HD channels,” Eric Sahl, Dish Network’s senior vice president of programming, said in a prepared statement.