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MGM Eyes HDTV Movie Channel
The studio is talking to cable and satellite operators.
By Phillip Swann
Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2007) -- MGM hopes to launch a new High-Definition channel for movies by year's end.

That's according to an article by TV Week.

The publication reports that MGM is talking to cable and satellite operators about carrying the high-def network which would feature films from the studio's library of 4,100 theatrical titles. MGM houses roughly 1,200 movies filmed in the high-def format, TV Week says.

"We have the strongest HD library of any of the studios," Douglas Lee, MGM's executive vice president, told the magazine. "We've been developing the concept for the past year. We've talked to a lot of cable, satellite and telco companies, and people have been receptive."


DIRECTV, which promises to offer 100 national HDTV channels by year's end, would be a likely candidate to carry MGM HD. However, the network could also appeal to Comcast which is looking to bolster its HD On Demand lineup of films.

"When DIRECTV launches their new HD package, that's going to raise the bar for all the other providers," Lee told TV Week.

Lee said possible films for MGM HD would include Usual Suspects and RoboCop.

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Phillip Swann is president and publisher of TVPredictions.com. He has been quoted in dozens of publications and broadcast outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter. He can be reached at swann@tvpredictions.com or at 703-505-3064.

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