Wednesday, August 19, 2009
When shopping around for HDTV channels, it's worth knowing that Dish Network has taken extensive steps to add more total HDTV channels than anyone else! Dish Network rolled out its Turbo HD service over this past summer in order to surpass the competition when it comes to the number of HDTV channels that it offers.
Turbo HD is innovative in several different ways. Most notably it makes Dish Network the first TV service provider to offer programming packages that consist entirely of HDTV channels. This is significant because it moves HDTV programming into the future in ways that we haven't seen up until now. Basically, HDTV was originally intended to be the TV format of the future in that it would replace normal TV as the dominant TV format.
The emergence of HDTV as the dominant TV format would definitely be a step forward in terms of progress and not without historical precedent. For instance, back in the 1960's color TV was in a situation similar to that of HDTV. It required a special TV set to view, it wasn't terribly widely available in terms of the programs that used it, and by the end of the 1960's it was the dominant format on TV. A similar thing is bound to happen with HDTV in the next few years or a decade on the outside range of time. By offering programming packages that are made up entirely of HDTV channels in the form of the Turbo HD service, Dish Network is pushing this forward right now. Order a Dish Network system from one of the country's largest dealers, DishPronto.
When you think about the number of channels that are now available in HDTV format, it's actually a really good time to push forward the idea of a one hundred percent HDTV programming package. In fact, Dish Network is on schedule to have as many as one hundred and fifty national HDTV channels available right now. And when you think about the fact that some programming packages have fewer than forty standard def channels, and the cable TV services of the past only offered about eighty channels in their most opulent options, the one hundred to one hundred and fifty HDTV channels offered by Dish Network's Turbo HD service easily constitutes plenty of options for a programming package!
Of course Dish Network hasn't given up the idea of mixing High Def channels with standard def channels. It's till possible to add Turbo HD options onto many of Dish Network's standard definition programming packages, but as more and more channels roll out HDTV versions of themselves and more and more programs are produced in HD (many are down converted to standard def in order to be shown on standard def channels), there are fewer reasons to keep standard def channels in the mix.
What all of this means is that Dish Network is in a good position to deliver the TV of the future.