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DISH to roll out 17 new HD channels on August 1st

Ben Drawbaugh

During a retailer chat today, DISH announced the addition of 17 new HD channels for August. But from the looks of the pictured slide, aside from three of the new channels it appears that this is mostly an HD movie channel update. The other thing we noticed was that most of these channels are not currently available on DirecTV and by at least one person's count (Scott G), this puts DISH Network as the first provider to offer 100 HD channels -- if you include regional sports networks. Of course this might change soon enough though, as DirecTV expects to have its new bird, DirecTV 11, operational in September while Dish Network's Echostar XI is expected to lift off in less than a week. Oh, what a beautiful time to be alive.

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