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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV on DirecTV

By Alfred Poor • Feb 14 2011, 1:00pm

Last night, “3net” was scheduled to debut on DirecTV. (I can’t confirm that it did, because I don’t get DirecTV and I don’t have a 3DTV to test it with anyway.) This collaboration with Sony, Discovery, and IMAX will broadcast 3D programming 24/7, which is pretty cool. And the network has promised to premier new [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Roku Adds Live Channel

By Alfred Poor • Jan 24 2011, 1:00pm

Roku is one of the network media players that lets you turn your HDTV into a “Smart TV” by adding an Internet connection. In general, this means that you can access streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus. The company has announced that it will start carrying its first “linear” channel of programming: WealthTV. [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Retransmission Wars Avoided… This Time

By Alfred Poor • Jan 20 2011, 1:00pm

Good news! Broadcaster Sinclair and Time Warner Cable have worked out an agreement on retransmission, at least in general terms, and will extend the agreement that expired December 31st until February 21st, to give the two sides time to finalize the details. Sinclair did not pull any of its programming from the cable service during [...]

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Penthouse Announces the World's First 3D Channel

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2011, 3:12am

Continuing to remain at the forefront of technology and innovation, Penthouse announces the launch of the PENTHOUSE 3D Channel. This new channel will feature original adult-oriented programming each month shot in native high definition and 3D. The company's commitment to 3D draws on the strengths of Penthouse's unique expertise in content delivery, movie making and technological acumen.

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HDTV Almanac - Hulu Holds Off on IPO

By Alfred Poor • Dec 24 2010, 1:00pm

Hulu has changed the way that many Americans watch television programming these days. It is currently owned by News Corp, Walt Disney, NBC Universal, and Providence Equity Partners, but the company had been looking to going public with an IPO to gain its independence. Those plans are now on hold, even though the company is [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Speed Bump in FilmOn Road to Success

By Alfred Poor • Nov 24 2010, 1:00pm

What would you say about a company that started streaming television programming over the Internet to subscribers, and chalked up 30 million users in a few weeks? That’s reportedly the score for FilmOn, one of two companies that are streaming locally-broadcast television content over the Internet. Along with iviTV, FilmOn believes that it has the [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Google Lands Big Partners

By Alfred Poor • Oct 11 2010, 1:00pm

What is the monster lurking among the dust bunnies under the beds of cable television executives? Google TV. Promising to be the one-stop solution to organizing all your video and other media options, Google TV could transform the way we think about and watch video programming.
And now comes word from TV Technology that Google is [...]


MTV Networks International to Significantly Expand High Definition Offering With New Channels & Programming

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 23 2010, 2:53pm

MTV Networks International (MTVNI), owned by Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced plans to significantly expand the company's high definition services across brands through next year with the launch of new channels and programming. The announcement underscores MTVNI's commitment to providing audiences and cable/satellite operators with premium content and innovative entertainment experiences.

As part of the initiative, Nickelodeon HD...


WFN: World Fishing Network to Launch In High Definition on Rogers Cable on September 2

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 1 2010, 12:13am

WFN: World Fishing Network, North America's only 24-hour fishing and outdoor lifestyle network, announced today that WFN in High Definition will launch on Rogers Cable systems on September 2, 2010.

WFN HD will be available to Rogers Cable customers on channel...

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HDTV Almanac - Weekend in 3D

By Alfred Poor • Aug 19 2010, 1:00pm

Rather than spend it at Bernie’s, how about spending the weekend of September 10 through 12 at your local electronics store? The Consumer Electronics Association (hosts of the mammoth CES show in Las Vegas every January) and ESPN are joining forces to create “National 3D Demo Days“. ESPN will provide continuous 3D programming for those [...]

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Verizon Adds Two New HD Channels to FiOS TV Lineup: Nat Geo WILD HD and Investigation Discovery HD

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 20 2010, 2:25am

Verizon's FiOS TV customers are seeing two new high-definition channels this month, as the company launches Nat Geo WILD HD and Investigation Discovery HD. These two channels join FiOS TV's extensive channel lineup, which includes up to 142 HD channels and more than 3,300 HD video-on-demand titles every month -- the best in HD entertainment.

Nat Geo WILD HD, a new cable network dedicated to extraordinary nature and wildlife programming, is available starting...


NASA Television Debuts Full-Time High Definition Channel

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 15 2010, 11:15pm

NASA LogoOn Monday, July 19, NASA Television will launch a full-time High Definition (HD) channel that media, cable and satellite service providers can access for news content and coverage of agency missions and programs.

The channel will deliver HD video that only NASA can provide, such as...

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HDTV Almanac - All That Glitters Is Not Silver

By Alfred Poor • Jul 5 2010, 1:00pm

You may have seen Swanni’s merciless roasting of TV and movie personalities who do not fare well under the high resolution HD cameras. It’s not just actors and actresses that have a problem with the new reality of HD programming however. It turns out that professional sports uniforms are not immune to the unintended effects [...]


All Starz Channels Now Offered in HD - New Starz In Black HD and Starz Cinema HD Channels Launched First on DIRECTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 26 2010, 3:58am

Starz Entertainment and DIRECTV announced that three new HD channels from Starz Entertainment launched today on DIRECTV, including the brand new Starz In Black HD and Starz Cinema HD offerings. DIRECTV is the first affiliate to launch the new Starz HD channels, and now offers every Starz premium channel in high definition.

DIRECTV recently announced the addition of more than 30 new HD channels to its HD lineup, which includes...

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HDTV Almanac - V CAST Video for Verizon Android Phones

By Alfred Poor • Jun 10 2010, 1:00pm

This week, Verizon announced that it was adding V CAST Video service for its Android cell phones. This service offers on-demand content including episodes of popular television shows from major networks including NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, A&E, Lifetime, and more. There are 81 channels of programming from which to choose. The service also includes live [...]


The Magic and Wonder of Life at Sea Continues its Journey on Stunning High-Definition

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 9 2010, 11:12am

Images/Disneynature OceansIn celebration of World Ocean's Day, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announces the release of Disneynature OCEANS as a Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) and 1-Disc DVD, October 19, 2010 and the extension of the "See OCEANS, Save Oceans" efforts - an initiative developed between Disneynature and The Nature Conservancy to help establish new marine protected areas.

Disneynature OCEANS is helping...

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HDTV Almanac - TV Everywhere is Here, North of the Border

By Alfred Poor • Jun 7 2010, 1:00pm

“TV Everywhere” is the moniker given to a new initiative by subscription-based TV services (cable, satellite, and telco). The idea is that when you’re away from home and your set top box, you can “call in” over the Internet to watch the programming you could have watched if you were home. Think of it as [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Internet Tops Broadcast by 2020

By Alfred Poor • Jun 1 2010, 1:00pm

The Diffusion Group has released a report that predicts Internet video will surpass broadcast TV programming by 2020.

The market research firm points out that broadcast television has remained fairly stable in recent years, while Internet video watching has increased by 84% from 2008 to 2009. The company forecasts a rapidly increasing rate of growth, coming [...]

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DISH Network Boosts Industry-Leading HD Lineup With Six New Channels

By Shane Sturgeon • May 13 2010, 12:05am

DISH Network L.L.C., America's fastest-growing pay-TV provider, today added five new channels to its already extensive HD lineup of more than 200 channels: DIY HD and Investigation Discovery HD; movie channel EPIX 2 HD; and Spanish-language channels Telefutura HD and Univision HD. In addition, DISH Network will launch Galavision HD in early June.

For more information...

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AT&T U-verse TV Lineup Expands to Include Four New HD Channels

By Shane Sturgeon • May 11 2010, 3:32am

AT&T* today announced four new High Definition (HD) channel additions to the AT&T U-verse® TV channel lineup.

U-verse TV HD customers can now enjoy access to HLN HD, Discovery Kids HD, truTV HD and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) HD as part of their existing HD service subscription, depending on their programming package. The U-verse TV HD channel lineup offers more than 130 HD channels, which continues to exceed the HD channels offered by the major local cable providers in every U-verse TV market.

All U-verse TV packages include...