Dish Network has stopped carrying four HD channels from Walt Disney Co. -- Disney Channel HD, Disney XD HD, ABC Family HD and ESPNews HD -- claiming that the programmer is asking for "significant" carriage fees, while Disney said Dish did not ever have a deal in place to carry those channels.
The standard-definition versions of those four channels are still available on Dish, as are ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD.
"Dish Network offers all customers ‘HD Free for Life,' which is possible because we are committed to negotiating fair contracts that allow us to keep our prices low," the satellite operator said in a statement. "That is why we could not agree to the significant fees requested by Disney and ESPN Networks for the HD feeds of Disney East, Disney XD, ESPNews and ABC Family."
Let me throw the BULL SHIT flag right here. DIRECTValso offers "HD Free for Life". They not only carry ESPNews in HD but also have ESPNU in HD, in addition to ESPN & ESPN2HD and ESPN3D.
DIRECTV also offers KTXA21 & MLB in HD, neither are available on the DISH. I could go on and on. If you have Dish Network you are getting screwed. I just place my order for DIRECTV. I will be getting more HD channels for less $. I am done with DISH.
DIRECTV offers the most full-time HD channels of any satellite or cable TV provider, the most movies in 1080p HD and the most sports in HD. And now DIRECTV HD is FREE for life for new customers! DISH Network wants to mislead you with their HD channel count by including video-on-demand titles that aren't even channels. And now they're saying they offer free HD. Did you know that you'll pay up to $17 for every additional receiver with DISH Network? And if you don't sign up for automatic payments and want to receive bills in the mail, you'll pay $99 up front for their "free HD." They also make you pay your first month's bill even before your service begins! DISH Network's "free HD" doesn't look so free after all.