|Dish Network To Offer Local Channels in 42 More Markets|
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|Written by AVRev.com|
|Wednesday, 07 May 2003|
EchoStar Communications Corporation and its DISH Network, just announced 42 new designated market areas where it plans to launch local TV channels, provided retransmission agreements with local TV stations can be formalized in each of the markets.
This will bring the total number of markets DISH Network serves with local channels to 106 by the end of the year. DISH Network is also announcing that it plans to offer local channels via satellite in more cities across the nation by end of 2004. Today, consumers have a choice of receiving local TV channels from DISH Network in 64 U.S. cities.
Customers in these 42 new markets will require the use of either DISH Network's existing DISH 500 antennas or its new SuperDish, a multi-satellite dish just unveiled to satellite TV retailers. The SuperDish, an elliptical 66-centimeter dish, is capable of offering customers access to hundreds of popular DISH Network channels, local channels in new markets, HDTV channels and international programming. The SuperDish will be capable of receiving satellite signals from three orbital locations.
Markets planned for launch by the end of the year include the