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HD Report | March 28, 2017

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Amazon Instant Video app launches for iPhone & iPod

December 13, 2012 |

amazon-prime-app-iphone-ssHere’s some good news if you’re an iPhone or iPod touch owner. Amazon has launched an app for the Prime Instant Video service that will work on the Apple iOS devices, giving Prime subscribers access to over 30,000 movie and TV titles to stream at any time. The app offers features such as “Your Watchlist” (which allows you to create personal movie lists) and “Your Video Library” (which stores your Amazon Instant Video rentals and purchases). The Amazon Instant Video app is downloadable for free from the Apple App Store. Read More

‘Silent Hill: Revelation’ Blu-ray release date announced

December 12, 2012 |

Universal Studios has announced the release date for Silent Hill: Revelation on Blu-ray Disc and DVD will be Feb. 12, 2013. The film will be released both to 3D Blu-ray and standard Blu-ray, both editions in Combo Packs that include a Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, and access code to download or stream the film from UltraViolet. The Blu-ray Disc is formatted in 1080p 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.  Read More

Ridley Scott to produce gold digger TV miniseries ‘Klondike’

December 12, 2012 |

Deadline reports Discovery Channel has given the greenlight to a scripted TV miniseries “Klondike” (working title) about the Klondike Gold Rush of 1895. The series will be co-produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Television, along with Entertainment One and Nomadic Pictures. The series will be about six strangers who end up in the frontier town of Klondike where they struggle to find riches amidst the challenges of the landscape and rush of gold prospectors. Read More

‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ newest trailer

December 12, 2012 |

Paramount has released a new trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation starring Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Jonathan Pryce. Originally scheduled to release last summer, the film is now slated to hit theaters (including RealD and Digital 3D) … Read More

The Hobbit IMAX to preview ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

November 15, 2012 |

If you’re planning on seeing The Hobbit when it hits theaters on Dec. 14, you might consider going to an IMAX 3D theater where Paramount will be showing the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness. Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Trek Into Darkness is the second in the franchise’s reboot that hits theaters on May 17, 2012. (It will be four years since Star Trek released in May 2009.) Abrams (and Paramount) have been particularly quiet about the content of ‘Into Darkness’ — even teasing Trek fans on TBS’s Conan last month with just 3 frames of the film showing Spock inside a volcano (however protected by some futuristic suit). But we do know that Chris Pine (James T. Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Zoe Saldana (Uhura) will be returning in Star Trek Into Darkness, along with Karl Urban (Bones), Simon Pegg (Scotty) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov). Check out the still below from Conan and you’ll know as much as we do about the story line. Read More

Hulu launches Spanish language enhancements, adds programming

December 13, 2011 |

Whether you’re a native speaker or want to learn some español, Hulu has made it easier by launching a new library of current and classic content in the Spanish language dubbed “Hulu Latino.” The new library is available to Hulu Plus subscribers and in addition to previous titles offers the entire current season of primetime TV shows from Univision, Galavision and Telefutura. Read More

Bloomberg TV now in HD, but only select markets

May 12, 2011 |

Bloomberg TV is now available in High Definition (HD) quality for Time Warner Cable customers, but only in select markets. So far, Bloomberg HD is only available on channel 730 in New York City, channel 708 in Mount Vernon, channel 714 in New Jersey, and channel 717 in Hudson Valley. But the hi-def channel, according to Bloomberg, will expand to other major U.S. markets throughout the rest of the year. Bloomberg Television is currently available in 270 million homes worldwide. Read More

Discovery Channel to air special on Bin Laden’s death

May 3, 2011 |

Discovery Channel will air what will most likely be the first documentary on Osama Bin Laden’s death. The one-hour special will examine the U.S. Special Forces’ attack on Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan which the CIA had been monitoring since last year. Read More

HDNet to broadcast Endeavour Shuttle’s final flight

April 28, 2011 |

It will be a glorious yet sad day for NASA’s Space Shuttle program, as Endeavour’s final flight will take place on Friday, at 3:47 p.m. ET. The STS-134 launch will end an era for Endeavour, marking its 25th mission which will take 14 days to complete. HDNet will start coverage, presented in HD, at 3:30 p.m. ET. Read More

Dish launches RFD-TV in HD in all markets

March 28, 2011 | 2

Dish Network has launched RFD-TV in high-definition HD in all U.S. markets, the company announced today. RFD-TV (also known as RFD-HD serving high-definition broadcasts), focuses on the culture of farming and agriculture in rural America. The channel presents content from over 80 independent programmers ranging from rural news to music and entertainment. Read More

DirecTV drops G4 channel

November 6, 2010 | 1

This week DirecTV dropped popular tech/geek channel G4, after the satco determined the channel’s audience wasn’t large enough to justify continued carriage. G4 owner Comcast extended the contract with DirecTV through October, even though DirecTV said they planned to drop it in September. According to sources G4 customers cost DirecTV about five cents a month per subscriber. Read More

Time Warner Cable launches YNN local news in HD

October 19, 2010 |

Officials at Time Warner Cable and its Albany-based 24-hour local news channel YNN recently launched the high-definition (HD) version of that channel. In the company’s Capital Region service area, that brings the total number of available HD channels to 135 with still more on the way. Read More

CNN to go all HD with Atlanta studio upgrade

March 15, 2010 |

CNN’s new Atlanta HD broadcast facility will enable the network to go all high-definition starting in late Spring 2010, reports Multichannel. Daytime shows produced in Atlanta like CNN Newsroom will now be in hi-def. CNN also has HD equipped studios … Read More

Side-by-side HD comparison: FiOS vs. OTA

May 12, 2008 |

To test the HD (high-definition) video quality of Verizon’s FiOS HD service, I made a comparison between the fiber-optic service and over-the-air (OTA) transmissions of the Lakers vs. Jazz NBA playoff game yesterday. The broadcast was in 720p from ABC network in Dolby Digital. Read More

Finally, Fox News in HD

May 1, 2008 |

Fox News Channel finally started broadcasting in high-definition today. The channel is a simulcast of the standard-definition Fox News broadcast. The HD broadcast will first be available on Time Warner Cable, in parts of New York and in San Antonio, … Read More