Satellite-TV Providers Expand HD Lineups

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Dish Network

revealed plans to add eight new national HD channels to its lineup, rival


said Tuesday it will add 30 new HD channels over the next several months, bringing the direct-to-home satellite service's HD assortment to more than 160.

Among the 30 new HD channels that DirecTV will launch starting in May are:

  •          CSN Bay Area HD
  • CSN California HD
  • Encore HD East
  • FSN Florida HD
  • GolTV HD
  • Hallmark Channel HD
  •  Hallmark Movie Channel HD
  • HBO2 East HD
  • HBO Zone HD
  • Lifetime HD
  • Showtime Beyond HD
  • Showtime Next HD
  • Showtime Women HD
  • Starz Cinema HD
  • Starz In Black HD
  • Telefutura HD West
  • TMC Xtra HD East
  • Travel Channel HD
  • Univision HD East
  • WGN HD
  • additional DirecTV Cinema Channels

Dish Network, meanwhile, made bold claims to being the first company to offer 200 national high-definition channels, although it used a slightly different methodology for counting, lumping its 72 pay-per-view HD movie channels, which only carry one movie at a time, in as regular full-time HD channels.

Dish Network now offers 67 basic cable HD networks, 23 premium HD movie channels, four HD broadcast networks, 13 HD specialty channels, 25 regional HD sports networks and the aforementioned 72 HD pay-per-view channels.

The new HD additions to Dish's HD lineup include EPIX HD, G4 HD, Headline News HD, History International HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, ShortsHD, Style HD and Turner Classic Movies HD.

In addition to DirecTV's new HD channels, beginning this June the service will launch a suite of 3D channels that will include N3D powered by Panasonic; ESPN 3D, a 3D DirecTV Cinema channel; and a 3D DirecTV on Demand channel.


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