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As the above two articles were announcements by Derek Chang, VP, Content Strategy and Development, DIRECTV, Inc., they are examples of the unilateral DIRECTV announcements that I referred to. Out of the 23 channels that you offered, I'll grant you three until you produce a statement from the programmer.
“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,” said David Zagin, executive vice president of distribution at History parent A&E Television Networks, in a prepared statement. “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. We look forward to many more partnerships with distributors to bring The History Channel HD to their consumers.”
History HD will join sister network A&E HD -- which launched last year -- on DirecTV come September.http://hd.broadcastn...e.jsp?id=147432
"Starz Entertainment announced today that its new High Definition (HD) premium movie channels will be launched on DIRECTV. Starz Comedy HD, Starz Edge HD and Starz Kids & Family HD represent the multichannel industry's first and only non-flagship premium HD channels.
Expected to debut in September 2007, the three new HD channels will be East Coast feeds of the Starz Comedy, Starz Edge, and Starz Kids & Family networks. They will complement the existing Starz HD channel, which will be available on DIRECTV in both the East and West Coast feeds. All five Starz HD offerings will be presented in Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround sound.
The Starz HD movie channels will be offered at no extra cost to DIRECTV Starz® Super Pack subscribers."Starz Entertainment Executive VP, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Ed Huguez said, "Lack of programming has for years hampered the growth of high definition television. DIRECTV's leadership role and recently announced breakthrough offering -- including the new HD channels from Starz -- is a landmark development that will open the HD era.
Movie lovers are the perfect target audience for HD. Starz looks forward to working with DIRECTV to provide these consumers the best movie-viewing experience possible. With Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound transmitted on all five HD channels, this will be the ultimate home theater offering in the marketplace today."