17 more national HD channels will be added to Dish Network service on August 1st, putting Dish past the 100-channel mark five months ahead of schedule. The satellite TV company also reaffirmed its pledge to add more local-to-local HD channels for its customers.
"In January, we promised our customers that Dish Network would boost our national HD channel lineup to 100 by year’s end. Today, we are proud to say that in less than one year, not only did we deliver on our commitment, but we exceeded it," said Eric Sahl, senior Vice President of Programming for Dish Network. "We continue our pledge to Dish Network subscribers to add more national channels and local HD markets, as well as offer the best sports and movies in HD," he added.
The 17 new additions to the national HD lineup include seven from HBO, four from Starz, ActionMax HD, CBS College Sports HD, Planet Green HD, Encore HD, Lifetime HD and Lifetime Movie Netwok HD.
Dish also announced the launch of TurboHD, billed as “the first-ever 100%, all-HD programming package in the pay-TV industry, with advanced equipment that works on all TVs.” TurboHD offers the most-watched HD channels in four separate tiers and can be viewed on analog, digital and high definition TVs. All TurboHD packages can include HD locals where available.
"TurboHD is revolutionary to the industry; we’re changing the way people watch TV by offering them all of the top channels – in HD only – with the best high-definition systems on the market," said Jessica Insalaco, Chief Marketing Officer for Dish Network.
The lowest tier, TurboHD Bronze, is priced at $24.99 per month, or $29.99 per month with local-to-local HD channels in markets where available.