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DISH Eyes HD in Future Plans


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#1 OFFLINE   Nick

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 04:50 AM

EchoStar is working on a few initiatives that consumers could see come to fruition in the near- and long-term future.

For starters, the company and its DISH Network service are working to expand high def programming offerings. EchoStar CEO Charles Ergen reminded listeners during a conference call highlighting second quarter results that DISH Network will soon add high def offerings from VOOM. He added that HDTV locals - possibly as many as 20 markets - also are part of the future HD mix along with 50 national high def channels.

Also, expect a new set-top box offering from EchoStar that will become part of the satellite TV company's partnership with SBC Communications. In July, SBC executives hyped a "Home Zone" product that will integrate a DISH Network set-top box with SBC's DSL service.

As for other comments, Ergen spoke about satellite broadband. He said WildBlue's recent debut appears to demonstrate the service is "very technically sound," but added that the economics of the satellite broadband offering - such as the cost of equipment - raises some questions.

Ergen said EchoStar is "proceeding cautiously" with its satellite broadband efforts, and the company continues to look for "the right standard with the economics that make sense" with regards to a dish-based Internet offering.

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 12:50 PM

Thanks for the info. I'm not sure there will be 50 national HD channels by the end of 2006 or even 2007 (my date guesses, not Charlie's). It'd be nice. Maybe we need to have one set thread listing all the operating and planned HD channels, and who carries them.

It is my understanding that all future E* receivers will be HD and MPEG-4 capable. Now, if only they would give us some sort of schedule. And a "whole house" DVR would be nice for all of us.




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