EchoStar Tries Local in Tri-Cities

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EchoStar Communications Corp.’s Dish Network Thursday began offering local channels via satellite in the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.

The area encompasses eight Virginia counties (Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Washington and Wise), seven Tennessee counties (Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington) and two Kentucky counties (Leslie and Letcher).

The addition of Tri-Cities boosts EchoStar’s list of markets where it offers local-channel service to 107.

Tri-Cities Dish customers can now receive CBS channel 11 (WJHL), NBC channel 5 (WCYB), Fox channel 39 (WEMT) and PBS channel 47 (WSBN).