DISH Expands High-Definition Programming
*ESPNU, ESPNews, Disney East and ABC Family now available in HD
*Channels launch in time for NIT, new episodes of popular content
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- March 18, 2014
Starting today, customers of DISH Network L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), can now view ESPNU, ESPNews, Disney
East and ABC Family in high definition (HD). As part of a previously announced
agreement between DISH and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) to expand
content, HD feeds of the four channels are available just in time for key
college sporting events and new episodes of popular shows.
“With the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on ESPNU tonight,
college basketball fans will be able to see every jump shot and buzzer beater
live on DISH in HD,” said Dave Shull, DISH executive vice president and chief
commercial officer. “We know how much our customers value quality HD
programming and we are pleased to be the leader in college sports.”
ESPNU HD, ESPNews HD, Disney East HD and ABC Family HD channels were
previously available in standard definition (SD) only and will be accessible
via the electronic programming guide of the DISH channel lineup for customers
in the continental United States; while SD versions of the channels remain
available, customers in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
will begin receiving available HD versions March 19. Programming on Disney
East HD is aligned to the Eastern time zone while Disney West, which is
broadcast in SD, airs programming aligned to the Pacific time zone.
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network
L.L.C., provides approximately 14.057 million satellite TV customers (as of
Dec. 31, 2013) with the highest quality programming and technology with the
most choices at the best value. Subscribers enjoy the largest high definition
line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international
channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is
a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.
Jenna McMullin, 720-514-5351
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