Remember when HD provider VOOM
went "ka-boom" and blew up earlier this year? When VOOM went dark, their exclusive and extensive HDTV lineup got picked up by Echostar, the parent company of Dish Network
. Dish promptly added an option for ten of the VOOM channels at an extra $5 a month. Looks like VOOM is rising from the ashes because they're not done just yet.
Via an e-mail newsletter, I received confirmation that Dish will add the other 11 high-def VOOM channels in 2006; once Dish migrates their receivers from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4. This would make a total of 21 HDTV channels available to Dish subscribers and it's expected that these channels would be incorporated into Dish's current HD package.
The VOOM deal with Dish is a 15-year agreement and leaves open the possibility for VOOM to work deals with other providers. VOOM's parent company, Rainbow Media
, plans to spend $100 million per year to help promote VOOM's vast HD channel lineup. Not only is this great for VOOM, but for HD consumers as well; it would be nice if these 21 channels were shared among the various satellite, cable and (dare I say it?) IPTV providers.