Dish Network will launch OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in high-definition on Thursday.
The No. 2 DBS provider, which bowed the standard-definition version of the service on its Jan. 1 launch day, is positioning the HD version of the network on channel 189. It will be available to Dish subscribers with America's Top 200 programming package or above. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"As the nation's leader in HD channels, Dish Network is proud to be the first to offer OWN - one of the most anticipated channels launched this year - nationwide in crystal clear high definition," said Dave Shull, senior vice president of Programming for Dish, in a statement. "What's more, Dish Network is the only TV company that gives our customers free HD programming for life, meaning that Oprah fans won't pay a penny more for the high-definition broadcast of the channel that entertains, informs and inspires viewers to live their best lives."
Noted Allan Singer, executive vice president, distribution and strategy at OWN: We are thrilled that Dish Network is making OWN available in HD. Many viewers have contacted us eager to watch OWN in HD, and now with the help of Dish Network, we are able to fulfill their request and continue serving our audience."
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