Thursday, 02 October 2003
Networks will launch its second high definition television (HDTV)
channel, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD, on December 1, 2003. The company will
transmit an East Coast feed of Showtime Networks' all movie service in
the highest picture resolution format available -- 1080i -- with the
original widescreen aspect ratio (16:9) to preserve theatrical
presentation. The announcement, made today by Mark Greenberg, Executive
Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Communications for Showtime
Networks, reinforces the company's commitment to providing its premium
subscribers with the highest quality home entertainment experience.
In December, HDTV titles on THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD will include
“Bandits,” “Hardball,” “Novocaine,” “Rollerball,” "Sidewalks of New
York," “What’s the Worst that Could Happen?” and many others. With 75
percent of the service's primetime schedule offered in HD, THE MOVIE
CHANNEL HD will also feature Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.