Dish Has HD Century Mark in Sight

Heads up, cable, the hi-def ante is being raised by your satellite competitors once again…

Casting aside those recent, pesky satellite issues once again, Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) said Friday it will reach (and surpass) its goal of offering 100 "national" HD channels about five months ahead of schedule. (See Dish To Hit 100 HD Mark.)

The all-HD-all-the-time service package, dubbed "TurboHD," will debut August 1, beefed up with the addition of a subscription-heavy raft of hi-def nets:

  • ActionMax HD (channel 313)
  • CBS College Sports HD (152)
  • Lifetime HD (108)
  • Lifetime Movie Network HD (109)
  • Planet Green HD (194)
  • Encore HD (340)
  • HBO 2 HD (301)
  • HBO Comedy HD (307)
  • HBO Family HD (305)
  • HBO Latino HD (309)
  • HBO Signature HD (302)
  • HBO West HD (303)
  • HBO Zone HD (308)
  • Starz Comedy HD (354)
  • Starz Edge HD (352)
  • Starz Kids & Family HD (356)
  • Starz West HD (351)

Pricing of the TurboHD tiers run the gamut, and, quite frankly, is a convoluted mess to sort through, considering there are scads of "Bronze," "Silver," "Gold," and "Platinum" packages from which to choose. Perhaps Devo was really on to something here.

TurboHD Bronze, for example, runs $24.99 per month, but inches up to $29.99 if the customer also wants access to local broadcast channels. Adding a DVR pushes it up to $34.99 per month.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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