Dish Network said it will begin transmitting in MPEG-4 in 11 additional markets in the eastern half of the United States, bringing the total number of markets served with MPEG-4 to 32.

The 11 markets include Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas; Boston; Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich; Greenville-New Bern-Washington, N.C.; Lansing, Mich.; Madison, Wis.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va.; Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla.; West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce, Fla.; and Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pa.

Dish started broadcasts in MPEG-4 in its first 21 markets in August (story here). The company is gradually rolling out the capability to all of its markets.

Dish has three tiers of TurboHD, packages in which all programming is in HD; the lowest priced tier among them is $24.99 per month.

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