DirecTV added the Food Network in HD Wednesday, along with HD versions of the National Geographic channel, CNBC and MGM-HD, which shows MGM movies all day.
DirecTV now offers 52 HDTV channels and has increased its picture quality to where its now an industry-leader on that front.
DirecTV plans to add the Cartoon Network, Fox Business, Fuel, FX, HGTV, NBA and the Speed Channel by the end of this month.
By the end of the year, it promises to carry as many as 70 HD channels.
In Charlotte, customers can choose between DirecTV, DISH and Time Warner Cable. DISH offers 41 HDTV channels.
Time Warner Cable, which recently added several channels, now carries 16. Time Warner also offers a HDTV on-demand service, which allows customers to choose HDTV programming instantly from a database on a hard drive. DirecTV has plans to launch a similar service this year.
To compare, visit HD websites for DirecTV, DISH and Time Warner.