MTV Networks going high-def on Dish

MTV, Nick, Spike among channels that will be available

NEW YORK -- Dish Network and Viacom's MTV Networks and BET Networks on Friday unveiled an agreement to launch high-definition feeds of BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike TV and VH1 to Dish customers.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Dish said the offers will come at no additional cost to its customers. The HD services are available to Dish customers who subscribe to at least the company's Classic Bronze 100 HD package.

"The launch of these channels is a testament to our continued HD leadership," said Dave Shull, senior vp programming at Dish. Competitor DirecTV also has touted its HD lineup.

"Dish Network is a valued and long-standing partner, and we're thrilled to expand that partnership by offering our full lineup of HD channels," said Denise Denson, executive vp content distribution and marketing at MTV Networks and BET Networks.
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