EchoStar said it struck a deal with Turner Broadcasting to add TBS in HD to its Dish Network lineup, expanding its HD channel count to 48.
The debut of TBS in HD – which has exclusive rights to the Major League Baseball playoffs – came hours before Monday night’s much anticipated showdown between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees, which will host the Indians, must win game four of the American League division series in order to force a fifth game in Cleveland Wednesday night.
The TBS in HD launch follows recent launches on AT&T’s U-verse TV platform, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision Systems and Comcast.
In addition to baseball’s playoffs, TBS in HD features original comedy series My Boys, The Bill Engvall Show, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, 10 Items or Less and Frank TV. It also runs The Office, Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, King of Queens, Seinfeld and Friends.
“Dish Network is committed to providing our customers with the HD content they want, and the launch of TBS in HD – just in time for the first round of the playoffs - is a home run for baseball fans,” Eric Sahl, senior vice president of programming for Dish Network, said in Monday’s announcement. “We know avid sports fans enjoy catching the games in HD because it offers an exceptional graphic picture quality and stunning surround sound that best replicates live games.”
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