DirecTV to launch The History Channel HD

MUMBAI: US broadcaster The History Channel (THC) and pay TV platform DirecTV have announced that DirecTV will be the first to launch The History Channel HD.

This is a high definition television network, scheduled to debut in September 2007. In addition, A&E HD, which debuted in 4Q 2006, will also launch on DIRECTV in September.


THC HD will simulcast the entire lineup of original, non-fiction series and specials. The HD experience will serve to create a stunning new dimension for the storytelling that the channel provides. THC HD will feature a diverse range of programming including the series Lost Worlds, Dogfights, Digging for the Truth, Cities of the Underworld, and Mega Disasters, and the recently announced Ice Road Truckers, The Universe and Human Weapon as well as specials such as Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed, The Lost Book of Nostradamus.


AETN executive VP distribution David Zagin says, ?The History Channel HD will give our History fanatics an unparalleled view of History with stunning clarity and rich perspective that they will find nowhere else on the television landscape. We are equally delighted that DIRECTV, one of the nation?s largest programming distributors, will be there with us from the beginning of this exciting launch,? said Zagin. ?We look forward to many more partnerships with distributors to bring The History Channel HD to their consumers."

DirecTV executive VP strategy and development Derek Chang says, ?The History Channel has a large and passionate following among our customers and we?re looking forward to being the first to provide them with their favorite programming in true HD.

?Both The History Channel HD and A&E HD exemplify the kind of high quality programming that we?ll offer DirecTV customers as we begin a significant expansion of HD channels this fall."


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