Dish Adds New HD Channels

Jan 5, 2006  •  Post A Comment

EchoStar announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas plans to expand its high-definition offerings with the rollout of a new HD package starting Feb. 1 that will allow it to deliver more than 25 national HD channels total, including new additions ESPN2 HD and Universal HD.

The satellite provider is also adding five new channels to its Voom HD service. The new Dish HD package will start at $54.99 per month for 25 HD channels, 70 standard-definition channels and local channels in HD where available. The new package represents an increase of seven national HD channels to the satellite provider’s lineup.

As part of this expansion, EchoStar said it will transition to using MPEG-4 compression format, which essentially allows a provider to deliver twice the amount of HD channels in the same bandwidth. That transition not only allows EchoStar to offer these addition HD networks it also enables EchoStar to expand into offering HD broadcast channels in up to 50 markets this year, including Boston, Los Angeles and New York.