DISH Network Lands 200 HDTV Channels: Is The Sky The Limit?

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Wow. How the times have changed. In 2000, hearing about "HDTV" was rare. You might see one or two big events in HD, and you'd probably have to visit a sports bar or something similar to see it. Most people were still wowed with broadband Internet, and seeing March Madness in 720p was the least of their worries. SD content had worked fine for decades, so why change now?

Slowly but surely, big networks began to make the investments required to bring HDTV to the masses, and pay-TV carriers began to offer them. Many charged extra for small "HD tiers," while some bragged about offering HD channels for free. Now, HD isn't just the norm, it's the expectation. Many consumers won't even watch a show if it's not offered in HD, and many are making their pay-TV decisions based on how just HD is made available to them.

Only a score after 200 total channels seemed like a pipe dream, DISH Network has just revealed that they're now offering 200 channels in high-definition. Yes, 200 HD channels on a single carrier. The company now boasts the nation's largest HD lineup, with EPIX HD, G4 HD, Headline News HD, History International HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, ShortsHD, Style HD and Turner Classic Movies HD running alongside ESPN HD, TBS HD and loads of others.



As nice as this is for DISH (we're sure they'll land a few switchers because of it), we think this is most interesting from an industry standpoint. Just ten years ago most consumers would've been thrilled to see just a handful of HD channels; now, we're upset if commercials aren't in HD. We've already reached 200--how many more can we really get?
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AKwyn replied on Mon, Apr 19 2010 1:56 PM

This is good for me. I'm a DISH Network subscriber so when I get HDTV down the line, at least I'll have 200 channels to enjoy.

With many TV programs now being produced in HD, I'm not surprised if HDTV becomes the norm later on and SDTV becomes a distant memory. I'm serious, when have you seen a show that was produced in 4:3 instead of 16:9? Barely any shows are produced in 4:3 anymore, and the ones that are; are usually cable programs that aren't dramas or comedies. DirecTV was the first satellite provider to have a lot of HD channels and now Dish Network is on board.

I'm interested to see where this leads...

 

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These TV service providers need to keep up with the sale of HDTVs and it's really good to see someone like Dish Network to get as many HD channels as they can.  My family had Dish Network for a few years.  Before they had cable and we never looked back since.  Now the others need to keep up with Dish if they still want to have a competitive edge because I know people are paying a little more (I believe for Dish Network, it's $10 a month) for the HD channels and they say it's worth it.

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Devhux replied on Mon, Apr 19 2010 2:32 PM

Now if only we can get more HD channels in Canada - SPACE HD anyone? :)

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Apr 19 2010 2:37 PM

Yeah, my mother had DISH network at her old house. While it was decent the real thing here is cost. Yes they may charge 10 more for HD, but they seem to be the cheapest anyway by almost 30 dollars. The only reason I have not moved to DISH is because they have no internet. I get a package deal with my internet, not to mention my speeds are very high and consistent (with Comcast).

As it goes right now I do college online so I need a very solid connection. If DISH had a deal worked out with anyone as a wired internet package I would change in a heartbeat. Either way I may get a HD TV (of course all my monitors are HD capable across the board), and I watch a lot of TV on the net so that influences it to. This is the one big thing problem wise I see for Dish.

With internet TV growing pretty fast in the general market, and them having no internet they loose. Even Direct TV has Internet, but there cost is roughly the same or close enough to my cable to not make it a concern.

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la_guy_10 replied on Mon, Apr 19 2010 2:41 PM

Yea I really need a TV bad!!! LOL This is what I meant when I said the whole 3D thing is over hyped as people have just caught on to HDTV. With the switch to digital here in America I am sure that made lots of peoples decision all the more easier to buy a HDTV and upgrade to digital. That is crazy to hear many people will not even watch a show if it's not offered in HD, WOW I need to get with the times. Maybe with this big roll out HDTV people will jump to a new standard of 3D televisions. I guess HDTV might become the norm here in a few years. I cannot fault progress, onward we go!!!!!!!

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Inspector replied on Mon, Apr 19 2010 6:26 PM

My cousin has DISH but i don't :(... And La_guy has a good point about HD TVs just catching on and they push out 3D. But Hey you can't stop technology from advancing.These things just come :D. Im sure HD will stick around longer before 3D kicks in to every ones house, i mean HD TVs are not even in all houses yet. Nice too see we are advancing at least :)

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They should change now, we should even stop using 720p.

I am sure that we will be hitting the 500 channel mark fairly soon. Of course I am sure it will be alot of public access private channels that have reality based programming like who is sitting on my toilet?! Of course that is exactly where that reality programing stuff should be. Stick all that garbage like Idol and real world up in the pay channel section and then lets see how many people actually would be willing to pay for it.

I had Dish Network when I was in LA, and I loved it. They provide great service and good choices on even the basic channels. At least there SpeedTV was included in the service to begin with. Everywhere else you have to pay for it. Out here I am in a condo so I cant have a dish on the balcony, according to the condo association. Time Warner Cable is included in the association fees so at least I don't have to worry about that, to bad they couldn't also include ISP with that.

I would like to see a company like Dish, offer a complete HD lineup at their current standard rates. Then maybe they could also offer the standard definition package at almost half the price. They would probably double their customer base and have many happy viewers. Hopefully once we start to see the cell phone companies taking on corporations like Dish in the TV market. Then we might also see them roll out with Internet and cell phone packages from Dish as well.

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They should change now, we should even stop using 720p.

I will have to disagree with you there.  It is not feasible for everyone to go beyond 720p yet.  There are tons of HDTVs that are only 720p and it's easier for people to afford 720p sets then 1080p.  As much as it is tempting for everyone to go completely 1080p all of a sudden, you'll end up cutting a lot of people off from the world.  I would be happy if everyone was at 720p and above, but we're not there yet either.

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Apr 19 2010 7:20 PM

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animatortom:

They should change now, we should even stop using 720p.

I will have to disagree with you there.  It is not feasible for everyone to go beyond 720p yet.  There are tons of HDTVs that are only 720p and it's easier for people to afford 720p sets then 1080p.  As much as it is tempting for everyone to go completely 1080p all of a sudden, you'll end up cutting a lot of people off from the world.  I would be happy if everyone was at 720p and above, but we're not there yet either.

I don't know, can't you downsample content to 720p? Personally I'd love to see everything in 1080p but every HD channel I see has a max resolution of 1080i due to "bandwith issues", still a man can dream right?

 

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So let me guess you are feeling sorry for all those people who rushed out and spent money on that middle of the road tech 720p!
 
These are people who didn't do their research of what was coming and just rushed out to buy something flashy, just like the IPad.
 
I really don't feel sorry for those who got the 720p and now feel guilty for not waiting. Besides the 1080p signal can always be down converted to 720p, not the other way around. Anyone who is still buying 720p should look to the left and right and wonder why everything else is 1080!
 
So don't feel bad that you have 720p, I am sure the entire collection of HD-DVD's looks good enough on it.
 
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