HDTV Overview

Echostar Knowledge Base
The Dish Network User's Resource

Which Dish Network receivers can get HDTV?

Will my existing receiver be upgraded for HDTV?

No. The above models are the only HDTV-capable receivers.

Will my existing receiver be upgraded for MPEG-4?

NO! Only the 211/411, 222 and 622 have MPEG-4. No other receiver is upgradeable.

What HDTV channels does Dish offer?

(1) Available to new subscribers only as a single package, depending on subscription level
(2) Requires AT250 or higher

What dish do I need to receive HDTV programming?

Likely a Dish 1000 (110°, 119°, 129°), with areas outside the 129° footprint getting a Dish 500 with a separate “wing” dish for 61.5°.  Some in the Pacific Northwest will get a separate larger dish for 129° due to difficult reception in that region. Beginning Aug 2008, new customers in the eastern part of the US will get a Dish 1000.4 for all-MPEG-4 service from 61.5°/72.7°/77°.

Where can I learn more?

Links to HDTV resources, discussion boards, and news sources.

Shopping tips and guides

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Edited by BobaBird. Submissions & corrections welcome!