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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Dish Adds 22 HD Channels

Dish Network this morning announced plans to add 20 national HD channels today, and two more on Wednesday. Here’s the list:
-- ABC Family HD (DISH Network Ch 180)
-- Biography HD (Ch. 119)
-- Bravo HD (Ch. 129)
-- Cartoon HD (Ch. 176)
-- Cinemax 5 Star (Ch. 381)
-- Cinemax HD West (Ch. 380)
-- CNBC HD (Ch. 208)
-- CNN HD (Ch. 200)
-- Disney HD East (Ch. 172)
-- ESPNews HD (Ch. 142)
-- Hallmark Movie Channel HD (Ch. 187)
-- MGM HD (Ch. 385)
-- Sci Fi HD (Ch. 122)
-- Smithsonian HD (Ch. 374)
-- Tennis Channel HD (Ch. 400)
-- Toon Disney HD (Ch. 174)
-- Travel Channel HD (Ch. 215)
-- USA HD (Ch. 105)
-- Weather Channel HD (Ch. 214)
-- World Fishing Network HD (Ch. 396)

Two Comcast HD Channels will launch nationally on Wednesday:
-- Comcast Sports Network Bay Area HD (Ch. 419)
-- Comcast Sports Network New England HD (Ch. 435)


at 5/12/2008 12:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese any word on when time warner will add these channels to HD

at 5/12/2008 1:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meanwhile...Time Warner keeps screwing with its customers. No HD channels, besides FSN, added in a long time. Typically behind everyone else in terms of service to customers.

at 5/12/2008 1:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Any word from any of the local cable companies on adding more HD channels to theri programming, specifically Insight?

When I have tried to call directly, customer service reps say that they have no information and find out just ahead of the customer.


at 5/12/2008 2:03 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

To Anons:
I've asked TWC and Insight if they plan to add these HD channels anytime soon. I'll post their replies when I get them.

at 5/12/2008 2:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my opinion DirecTV is the best when it comes to the most HD channels and he best quality.

at 5/12/2008 3:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Kiese -- Two topics I'd like you to expand upon.

First, the February 2009 switch to digital transmission does NOT include low power stations like Cincinnati's channels 25 and 38. Can you fill your readers in on what's likely to happen after all the other broadcast stations end their analog signals, leaving only low power and repeater stations outside, looking in on the new digital world?

Also, I recall that TimeWarner Cincinnati was forbidden to carry Dayton's WDTN (Channel 2), based on an agreement between WCPO and WDTN back when both were ABC affiliates. Well, WDTN switched to NBC years ago, so I'd think any agreement between them would be moot. And it would be nice to have a second NBC station on the TimeWarner system again! Dayton's current ABC affiliate, WKEF/channel 22, is still on TimeWarner Cincinnati, long after the NBC/ABC switch in Dayton.

Can you get TimeWarner to comment on this situation? I've asked questions on several topics (including this one) on their website, but have NEVER received a response. Never. Just LOVE that kind of customer service!

at 5/12/2008 5:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

on topic but off topic but what do the people who have the new on screen guide i think it is fair ( its was upgraded for hd boxes) i was told that very soon we will get the restart feature ie if you miss the start you can start it over what do we all have to say about twc

at 5/13/2008 11:28 PM Blogger Scott Evans said...

Dish also dropped 10 HD channels with plans to drop 5 more, these were the VOOM channels. Honestly World Fishing Network is not really HD as no programming is in HD from what I've seen thus far. Still Dish has the best DVR in the business and hopefully if they can ever get out of court and settle with Fox(though Dish should win that case) add the Fox owned networks such as Fox Business and FoxNews HD.

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