DISH Network drops 10 of 15 VOOM HD channels

DISH Network drops 10 of 15 VOOM HD channels

Gregory Han
May 13, 2008

What a bummer to wake up to. Dish Network made a big hoopla about adding 22 new mostly quasi-HD channels (anyone who has HD knows all too well about stretched and upconverted content) but then all of us Dish Network subscribers discovered it came at a price: the removal of 10 of the 15 VOOM HD channels...

So we get these new channels:

  • ABC Family HD (DISH Network Ch 180

  • Disney HD East (Ch. 172)

  • ESPNews HD (Ch. 142)

  • Biography HD (Ch. 119)

  • Hallmark Movie Channel HD (Ch 187)

  • Bravo HD (Ch. 129)

  • Cartoon HD (Ch. 176)

  • MGM HD (Ch. 385)

  • Cinemax 5 Star (Ch. 381)

  • Sci Fi HD (Ch. 122)

  • Cinemax HD West (Ch. 380)

  • Smithsonian HD (Ch. 374)

  • Comcast Sports Network Bay Area HD (Ch 419)*

  • Tennis Channel HD (Ch. 400)

  • Toon Disney HD (Ch. 174)

  • Comcast Sports Network New England HD (Ch 435)*

  • Travel Channel HD (Ch. 215)

  • USA HD (Ch. 105)

  • CNBC HD (Ch. 208)

  • Weather Channel HD (Ch. 214)

  • CNN HD (Ch. 200)

  • World Fishing Network HD (Ch. 396)

But then we lost the following:

  • Gallery 9472

  • Treasure 9473

  • Aniamania 9474

  • Voom Movies 9475

  • World Sport 9477

  • ULTRA 9478

  • Film Fest 9480

  • Game Play 9485

  • Family Room 9486

Leaving us with Monsters, Rush, Equator (thank goodness), Kung Fu, and Rave. I'm pleased about the addition of the SciFi and Smithsonian HD channels, only wishing they'd throw in TCM. But it's a shame, as the VOOM channels were often unique and unusual programming, and quite a few times guests were convinced about HD content when I'd show them VOOM programs as examples. At least I can keep enjoying Wildlife Nannies on Equator...for now.

[via Engadget]

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