Dish, DirecTV Continue Adding Local HD
DBS firm Dish
launched local HD channels in 11 U.S. cities within the past week, including: Dallas, Houston, Miami, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, San Antonio, Seattle, Sacramento, Calif. and Spokane, Wash. Parent EchoStar said in a statement that Dish now offers local HD in two dozen U.S. markets.
Larger competitor DirecTV
, for its part, most recently added local HD channels in Milwaukee, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and St. Louis. DirecTV's long-stated goal is delivery of all 1,500-plus local HD channels -- along with about 150 national HD channels (apart from local broadcasters) -- by the Q1 or Q2 of 2007. DirecTV also currently offers local HD broadcast channels in 24 cities, with plans to more than double that number by later this year.