HD TV arrives


Guests at the MultiChoice launch of DStv’s new television channel , M-Net HD, were stunned by a bank of HD widescreen sets which revealed the fantastic clarity of high definition (HD) programming. The launch in futuristic-style was held at Atlas Studios, Millpark, on Thursday evening, 24 July.

The M-Net HD channel will be launched in time for the Beijing Olympics which will offer HD coverage for viewers fortunate enough to have HD decoders and HD television sets. From 24 August, HD subscribers will be able to view top HD programming acquired or produced by M-Net.

M-Net recently made South African television history by recording local series in HD in its cutting-edge new HD studio (Studio 6, formerly the Big Brother House). Now these series will also be broadcast in HD, with the first to be included on the M-Net HD schedule, new game show Power of 10, in which contestants can win a massive R10 million (see story in the August issue of the Screen Africa magazine).

The M-Net HD channel 170 schedule will include exclusive material as well as HD versions of shows that have recently been broadcast on M-Net or its channels. It will also screen top wildlife programming like Earth Touch (Tuesdays at 19:30) and popular series CSI Miami, CSI New York Season 4 and new teen drama series Gossip Girl.

Among the movie titles that will be on the channel soon are Die Hard 4, Zodiac, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Spiderman, Oceans Thirteen and, Shrek the Third.


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