Dish HDTV details coming in clearer

Dish NetworkWhen we last left "As the Dish Turns," the leading man (played by Charlie Ergen) was reciting his lines about local HD channels and MPEG-4 transitions. In today's episode, the swashbuckling leader provides some additional lines details on what we can expect. A total of seven markets will have high-def locals by the February 1st episode, all of which will use MPEG-4 compression. By the end of the season year, Charlie will have 50 "angels"; that is: 50 local markets will have high-def availability.

If you're not interested in purchasing new equipment, have no fear, Charlie is here! Leasing options for the new MPEG-4 receivers will be available. The ViP 221 lease is expected to cost just $49.99, while the ViP 622 can be borrowed for $299. Stay tuned for Charlie's first full-length feature film, "I lost 12Mbps around my waist and you can too!"