TSN and Discovery Channel Canada Begin HDTV Broadcasting on Aug. 15
TORONTO,Aug. 14 2003 --TSN and Discovery Channel Canada will become the first two Canadian specialty channels to broadcast their signals in high definition television (HDTV) on Friday, August 15. Bell ExpressVu HD subscribers can catch TSN in high definition on Bell ExpressVu channel 675, beginning August 15 with Wendy's Friday Night Football (CFL -- Montréal @ Hamilton) at 7:30 p.m. ET. Discovery Channel will embark on its high definition journey with Catching a Killer - The Mystery of Sable Island on Bell ExpressVu channel 670, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. "Just as television evolved from black and white to colour in the 60s, we fully expect that television will evolve from standard to high definition this decade," said Rick Brace, President, CTV Inc. "It's CTV's plan to be at the forefront of this journey." "Bell ExpressVu is Canada's leader in high definition television with the largest lineup of high definition programming available nationally in Canada. We're excited to build on that leadership by offering TSN and Discovery Channel in a HD format," said Timothy E. McGee, Bell ExpressVu President. In 2003, TSN will produce several CFL games in HD along with delivering Sunday Night NFL games (one pre-season game and every Sunday night game). As part of the evolution from standard to high definition, TSN also will acquire and produce HD programming, including selected NHL games throughout the 2003/2004 season. Discovery Channel will offer the following programs in HD, which will be aired periodically over the remainder of 2003: Great Canadian Rivers, Season I and Season II; Insectia; White Hot Winter; Forensic Factor; Urban Wild; Nature's Secret; Mystery of Sable Island; and James, Brother of Jesus. Discovery Channel also has programs currently in production that are being filmed in high definition format. These include the newest season of Sex Files, Race to Mars, Inside Out and One Second. The program schedules for each TSN and Discovery will be identical in both standard and high definition formats. "The advantage of HDTV for the consumer is superlative picture quality, which offers significantly more detail than standard definition television and has the capability of providing up to six channels of audio, enhancing the viewing and listening experience," said Allan Morris, Senior Vice-President, Engineering and Operations, CTV Inc. "High definition, with its 16 by 9 aspect ratio(1), helps the viewer feel like they're part of the action." CTV Specialty is in negotiation with other distributors to offer the high definition signals of TSN and Discovery Channel. CTV Specialty Television Inc. is a leader in Canadian specialty television. Committed to providing Canadian viewers with the highest quality programming available, it operates world-class specialty services and production facilities. CTV Specialty has ownership interests in three of Canada's premier specialty television services, and operates TSN, the top-rated Canadian specialty channel; RDS, the world's first French-language all-sports channel; and Discovery Channel, an award-winning specialty channel. CTV Specialty also manages OLN, featuring adventure-based programming. CTV Specialty operates six specialty channels, including WTSN, the world's first women's sports network; Animal Planet, a specialty channel focusing on the animal kingdom; Discovery Civilization, a specialty channel devoted to studying past and present civilizations; ESPN Classic Canada, which airs encore broadcasts of the most cherished classic games and moments from the world of sports; CTV Travel, an English-language travel channel; and the NHL Network, which delivers 'round-the-clock hockey programming that offers viewers the most complete and in-depth hockey coverage. CTV Specialty also owns interests in Dome Productions Inc., Canada's leading provider of mobile television production facilities, as well as Exploration Production Inc. and Exploration Distribution Inc. CTV Specialty Television Inc. is owned by CTV Inc. and ESPN, Inc. (1) Aspect ratio refers to the width of a picture relative to its height -30- For further information: Jennifer Humphries, Director, Corporate Communications, tel: (416) 332-5279; Archived images on this organization are available through CNW E-Pix at http://www.newswire.ca. Images are free to members of The Canadian Press.
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