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Peter Arnett to Report From Afghanistan in HDTV on HDNet Print E-mail
Monday, 14 January 2002
In a significant development for the future of battlefield coverage for television, Broadcast News Networks (BNN) and HDNet have announced the broadcast of the first ever High Definition television reports from a war zone.

World-renowned war reporter Peter Arnett, who BNN had previously announced would be heading to the region to report for the company’s worldwide client base, will also lead BNN’s groundbreaking HDTV coverage from Afghanistan, Pakistan and other key regional news centers with reports that will be broadcast on the HDNet channel on DIRECTV. "As a company with a history of technological innovation, we’ve been actively exploring the utility of HDTV field broadcast" said BNN CEO Steve Rosenbaum. Newly rugged High Definition gear and the growing number of HDNet viewers made the War on Terrorism an important one to document in HDTV, so we’re proud to be partnering with Mark Cuban and HDNet, pioneers in the technology, to create the first ever HDTV war coverage.

"We also needed to know that we had a journalist to match the quality of the camera gear and Peter Arnett -- far and away the world’s most experienced war correspondent uniquely has the knowledge and ability to provide the stories, context and background to bring the reporting alive."

The premier broadcast was seen on Friday January 11, 2002 at 11:00 PM EST and repeated throughout the week on channel 199 on DIRECTV. Subsequent broadcasts will follow a similar schedule. Any DIRECTV basic subscriber can receive Channel 199 at no additional charge if they have an HDTV and an HD DIRECTV receiver/dish.

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