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Dish Adds More National, Local HD

Dish Network grew its HD national footprint with the launch of nearly two dozen mostly national channels this week (rolling out May 12-14). Dish also added local HD services of broadcast stations in Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (DMA no. 29), and Portland–Auburn, Maine (DMA no. 76).

The DBS firm said it continues to be on track for its long-term plans to reach a goal of 100 local HD markets and 100 national HD channels by New Year’s Eve 2008. (It now offers local HD stations in 57 markets, reaching about two-thirds of all American TV households.)

The new national (and a few regional) Dish channels include:

  • ABC Family HD (Ch. 180)
  • Biography HD (Ch. 119)
  • Bravo HD (Ch. 129)
  • Cartoon HD (Ch. 176)
  • Cinemax 5 Star (Ch. 381)
  • Cinemax HD West (Ch. 380)
  • Comcast Sports Network Bay Area HD (Ch. 419)
  • Comcast Sports Network New England HD (Ch. 435)
  • CNBC HD (Ch. 208)
  • CNN HD (Ch. 200)
  • Disney HD East (Ch. 172)
  • ESPNews HD (Ch. 142)
  • Hallmark Movie Channel HD (Ch. 187)
  • MGM HD (Ch. 385)
  • Sci Fi HD (Ch. 122)
  • Smithsonian HD (Ch. 374)
  • Tennis Channel HD (Ch. 400)
  • Toon Disney HD (Ch. 174)
  • Travel Channel HD (Ch. 215)
  • USA HD (Ch. 105)
  • Weather Channel HD (Ch. 214)
  • World Fishing Network HD (Ch. 396)