BSkyB has released more details of its eagerly anticipated launch of high
definition television (HDTV) in the UK and Ireland early next year. Sky said the
HD line-up would include a Sky Sports channel, Sky One, Artsworld, a Sky Box
Office channel and two Sky Movies screens, "allowing viewers to enjoy a wide
variety of programming with the intensity and rich detail of HD pictures".
Sky said it was in advanced discussions with a number of other channels
interested in offering an HD service on digital satellite. One of those channels
is expected to be National Geographic's UK channel.
Consumers will be able to pre-register for Sky HD in retail stores from this
Sky said the Sky Sports channel would offer live and exclusive coverage of the
Barclays Premiership in HD with the added benefit of Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.
Also available in HD will be live rugby from the Guinness Premiership, with
other HD sports to be confirmed later.
From Sky Movies there will be two HD screens dedicated to films in HD, with
titles available at launch including Spider Man 2, The Day After Tomorrow and
House of Flying Daggers. In addition, movie fans will able to choose from up to
ten movies in HD each week on Sky Box Office.
A simulcast version of the existing Sky One channel will deliver high-quality
entertainment programming with a range of Sky One shows and cutting edge series
in HD.