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Sky signs up Warner Bros for HD movie service

May 21st, 2007 · No Comments

Sky has finally signed up Warner Brothers to its Sky service. The studio is the last major Hollywood studio to come onboard. The satcaster says that demand for Sky has surged, with more than a quarter of a million subscriptions being taken in ten months. Consequently, from next year, 90 per cent of Sky One commissions will be made in HD.
Brian Sullivan, Managing Director, Customer Group, BSkyB says: “Today’s announcement means Sky is the place for movie fans to enjoy blockbuster films through a fantastic at-home TV experience. It also shows our commitment to making the best of Sky available in high definition, across the schedule.”
Over the next couple of months Sky HD viewers will be able to choose from a range of HD-entertainment across Sky’s hi-def channels, from United 93 and X-Men The Last Stand on Sky Movies HD; to 24 and Lost on Sky One HD; The UEFA Champions League Final, Majors golf, England’s summer Test matches against the West Indies and India, and the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead on Sky Sports HD; and live coverage of The Guardian Hay Festival on Sky Arts HD. The BBC’s upcoming HD programme schedule includes Glastonbury, Wimbledon 2007 and the Concert for Diana.
Five facts you might not know about Sky HD….
Since launch, over 42,000 hours of programmes have been broadcast on Sky HD across 11 different channels.
Sky HD transmits as many hours of HD programme a week as the total hours of programmes transmitted per week from the UK’s five terrestrial channels, combined.
Sky HD viewers have had a busy year, together watching a combined total of over 21 million hours of HD programmes.
Sky HD customers’ most watched programme is Lost on Sky One HD, which they have watched for a total of 530,000 hours.
Since January 07 alone there have been over 300 different HD Movies shown on Sky Movies’ HD channels.

Tags: Broadcasting · High definition TV · Trade

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