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CES2006: EchoStar Puts Some Voom in DishHD

The New Year is only into its second week and already the CES show is history, as a record 150,000 attendees and some 2,500 exhibitors in Las Vegas can attest. Among the many HD-laced activities taking place was EchoStar's Dish (opens in new tab) rollout of its new package, DishHD. (opens in new tab) Dish said it will soon provide more than 1,700 hours a week of HD content.

Dish is expanding its HD channel line-up by adding five original Voom channels (bringing the total to 15), as well as other new HD fare such as ESPN2 HD and Universal HD. Dish also is in the early stages of rolling out its first installment of local HD channels via satellite in up to 50 markets this year, starting in February with Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

Dish said in a statement it now offers 25 national HD channels (most cable packages offer about half that number), plus local HD channels, where available. On Feb. 1, Dish will begin transmitting HD channels in MPEG-4, allowing it to maximize available bandwidth on its satellites.