DISH Network Satellite Television Brings Local Channels to Rochester, N.Y., Area
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 8, 2004--EchoStar Communications Corporation (NasdaqISH) announced today that its DISH Network(TM) will offer local TV channels by satellite television to Rochester, N.Y., and the surrounding area.
The following local TV channels will be available: ABC Ch. 13 (WOKR), CBS Ch. 8 (WROC), NBC Ch. 10 (WHEC), FOX Ch. 31 (WUHF) and PBS Ch. 21 (WXXI).
This is the first time local TV channels are available on satellite TV in Rochester, providing an alternative to local cable TV service. DISH Network also provides digital video recording technologies, international channels and high definition TV to the Rochester area.
DISH Network now offers local channels as part of its new Digital Home Advantage. This promotion allows customers free installation for up to four TVs, with no commitment and no hardware to buy, starting at $29.99 per month. This includes more than 60 popular TV channels such as ESPN, Discovery and Nickelodeon, plus local Rochester TV channels. DISH Network has frozen the lowest all digital TV price through January 2005.
"The availability of local channels on DISH Network gives TV viewers in the Rochester area an even more compelling reason to switch from cable," said Michael Schwimmer, senior vice president of Programming at EchoStar. "Customers who are fed up with the cable companies' outrageous rate increases now have access to local news, weather and sports via all-digital satellite TV -- only on DISH Network -- at a competitive price."
DISH Network offers local channels via satellite to six counties in the Rochester area: Livingston, Monroe-Rem, Ontario, Rochester City, Wayne and Yates counties. With the addition of Rochester, DISH Network offers local channels in 112 cities and their metro areas, and in 46 states nationwide, plus the District of Columbia.
For customers who do not subscribe to Digital Home Advantage, local channels will be available at $5.99 per month.
EchoStar Communications Corporation (NasdaqISH) serves more than 9.4 million satellite TV customers through its DISH Network(TM) and is a leading U.S. provider of advanced digital television services. DISH Network's services include hundreds of video and audio channels, Interactive TV, HDTV, sports and international programming, together with professional installation and 24-hour customer service. DISH Network is the leader in the sale of digital video recorders (DVRs). Visit EchoStar's DISH Network at www.dishnetwork.com or call 800-333-DISH (3474).
I stopped by a local Dish dealer today and saw the channels on a 32" TV and the actual superdish (on the roof).
Despite some reservations about the PQ, I was quite pleased. The PQ was far less grainy than TW but had less color depth (normal). The signal strength was about the same (92/125) as a single Xpdr 110 or 119 signal, but less than a 2x Xpdr. Judging from this I would expect rainfade to be about the same.
The type 2 (plastic) dish was, well, BIG...even on the top of two story building. They have more of these, but mostly type 1 (steel) will be used in ROC...maybe because of the wind and temperature (ability to use a stick-on heater)???? Who knows!
They also had the Dish truck with a 14 X 25 foot sign on it advertising Dish. I guess that they will tow it around town, maybe park it in front of 71 Mt. Hope Ave.*
I've been with Dish since '96. Never thought I see the day when they finally offer Rochester locals. I think I'll wait a little while though. I want to actually see some Superdishes installed. They seem to be awfully big. Does anyone know the chances of them offering WB and UPN?