July 31, 2008
Now it looks like Dish Network
will be giving us true 1080p
In its press release, the company says that in addition to a host of 17 new national high-definition channels, it will also offer pay-per-view movies in 1080p. The first, available on Friday, is I Am Legend
, the Will Smith
While the satellite company may be the first to sell 1080p content, they're not the first to announce it. Those honors go to DirecTV
; on Monday the company said it would launch an additional 30 national HD channels by the middle of August, bringing its high definition total up to 130.
Meanwhile, the Dish says it will have 100 HD national channels by Friday, and DirecTV announced it will also offer 1080p pay per view programming later this year.
Both companies imply that their 1080p offerings will look as good as Blu-ray
discs. DirecTV says its titles are in "the same format used by Blu-Ray HD DVDs." Dish is even more direct, (so to speak), calling its offerings "Blu-ray disc quality."
Read more in the New York Times.