Dish's 200 HD 'Channels' Include 57 VOD Titles


Dish Network on Monday claimed that it now offers 200 national HD "channels" -- however, 57 of those represent video-on-demand titles available only to customers who have the recently introduced ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR.

Dish provides 67 HD networks with its top-tier America's Top 250 package, and offers another 23 HD services from premium networks HBO/Cinemax, Starz Entertainment and Showtime Networks.

In addition, it provides 13 channels in the PlatinumHD tier -- regularly an additional $10 extra per month -- which includes Epix, the movie service from Viacom's Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Lionsgate. Dish also counts 25 regional sports networks in HD in the overall tally, as well as 15 Dish Cinema HD pay-per-view movie channels.

The remaining 57 "HD channels" are available only to ViP 922 customers in the form of VOD content, Dish spokeswoman Francie Bauer confirmed. The Dish VOD service streams content over a broadband connection to the ViP 922, which features a 1-Terabyte hard drive that can store up to 1,000 hours of standard-definition programming.

The ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR also allows customers to access their TV lineup and DVR recordings over the Internet on a mobile device or laptop, incorporating technology from Sling Media, which EchoStar acquired in 2007.

Dish, the No. 2 satellite TV operator after DirecTV, counted 14.1 million customers as of the end of 2009.