Friday Night SmackDown settles into its new home on MyNetwork TV on Oct. 3, all three World Champions will face off. WWE Champion Triple H, World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho and ECW Champion Matt Hardy will compete in a Triple Threat Match.
Don't miss this unprecedented night in sports-entertainment history as, for the first time ever on broadcast television, it will be a night of Champion vs. Champion encounters, including Superstars and Divas from Raw, ECW and SmackDown.
STAMFORD, Conn., January 14, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment® fans will soon be getting their weekly doses of high-energy entertainment delivered in stunning high definition. Beginning the week of January 21, WWE's Monday Night RAW® and A.M. RAW on USA, ECW®: Extreme Championship Wrestling™ on SCI FI Channel, and Friday Night SmackDown® on The CW will all be delivered in HD.
WWE will also broadcast its pay-per-views in HD, starting with Royal Rumble on January 27.
WWE's switch to high-def was made possible by a series of upgrades to the company's television studios in Stamford, Conn. The $20 million HD renovations included refitting of equipment to broadcast WWE programming and global pay-per-view programming in high definition on cable and satellite systems around the world.
"The move to high-definition programming is another step in WWE's ongoing mission to provide fans with the most engaging, exciting product possible," said Mike Grossman, Senior Vice President, Television Operations. "This upgrade will be the first of many technological advances for our brand in 2008."
WWE programming reaches nearly 16 million people per week in the U.S. "Monday Night RAW" on USA Network is the most watched regularly scheduled program on ad-supported cable television in the U.S. "Friday Night SmackDown" on CW is the No. 1 program on broadcast TV Friday nights among males 18-24.
Looks like WMLW is up & running on channel 13 (OTA). Currently SD 480i. Anyone else picking this up? I currently receive all Milwaukee locals at or near 100% on my signal meter. This new channel comes in around 41%. Dan Dyer? Any insight?
Japanese broadcaster NHK, which first began research into HDTV more than four decades ago, has begun conducting public testing of its Ultra HD standard.
NHK's Ultra HD technology delivers 7680 x 4320 resolution, which is up to 16 times greater than HDTV. The super-fast prototype cameras can capture data at a rate of 4000fps, with an audio component that is 22.2 channels (as compared to today’s 5.1 surround sound).
As part of the first public test in Tokyo, the broadcaster is using ATEME’s MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) encoding technology. It is cooperating closely with NHK Labs in the design and development of the standard.
Ultra HD cameras, recorders, encoders and projectors are currently under development with a 2009 date for the introduction of the full specification for Ultra HD. NHK estimates that satellite transmission tests will begin in 2011, and by 2020, Ultra HD will be ready for broadcast to households.
The network will air movies in place of the telenovela recaps for the next two Saturdays as it works on a new programming lineup.
By Harry A. Jessell
Fox's My Network Television will air movies rather than its regular telenovela recaps for the next two Saturday nights, a MNT affiliate told TVNEWSDAY Wednesday.
An MNT spokesperson confirmed the schedule switch, but cautioned that a movie-of-the-week would not necessarily be a part of the new, revamped MNT lineup.
Consider the movies--Something Wild and Deceiver--a "special event," she said, adding that MNT would soon release more details on its programming plans.
MNT debuted last September offering two, one-hour telenovelas back-to-back each weeknight with recaps on Saturdays. The telenovelas run 13 weeks.
But viewers never bought in. At NATPE earlier this month, Fox named longtime programmer Greg Meidel president of the network and charged him with assembling a new schedule that could win over a significant number of viewers.
The second round of telenovelas--Wicked, Wicked Games and Watch Over Me--end on March 9, suggesting that Meidel will be ready with his new lineup on the following Monday, March 12.
So far, all that is known about the revised MNT lineup is that it will include a weekly, two-hour program based on the International Fight League--a team approach to martial arts with behind-the-scene elements. MNT expects the show to debut in "mid-2007."
The MNT affiliate says that the telenovelas will be back, but in a reduced role, possibly two nights a week. Back-to-back episodes of one telenovela would appear one night; back-to-back episodes of another, on another night.
BALTIMORE (January 22, 2007) - Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a retransmission consent agreement with Time Warner Cable, the largest cable system servicing Sinclair's markets. The agreement, which expires December 31, 2009, allows Time Warner to carry the analog and digital signals of 35 television stations owned and/or operated by Sinclair in 22 markets to approximately six million of Time Warner's subscribers, many of whom receive two stations owned and/or operated by Sinclair.
"Sinclair is very pleased to have reached this agreement with Time Warner, which carries our stations to more subscribers than any other cable company," commented David Smith, CEO and President of Sinclair. "We are excited that this agreement not only ensures retransmission of our signals by Time Warner for the next three years, but also provides for the carriage of our digital signals for the first time to most of Time Warner's subscribers. This agreement, which represents a mutually acceptable economic agreement between the parties, is further indication of the value of our television stations to cable companies and provides a strong illustration of the successful operation of the free market for negotiation of retransmission consent agreements. "
Today's agreement includes the following stations and markets:
The agreement also provides for the carriage of Sinclair's MyNetwork TV affiliates in Columbus, Ohio and Dayton, Ohio, both of which are transmitted as digital multicast stations.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies, currently owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 58 television stations in 36 markets. Sinclair's television group reaches approximately 22% of the U.S. television households and is affiliated with all the major networks.
Last chance to watch UPN HD programming on WCGV 24-1 is tonight (8/31/06) The switch from 1080i to 720p happens Friday (9/01) for MyNetworkTV. MyNetworkTV programming begins Monday (9/4) at 7pm. :wave:
The conversion process to full power operation is starting today (Wednesday 5/31). During the next few days and possibly through next week both 18-1 & 24-1 will be off the air (at times) so the work can be completed. Depending on the scope of the work this may or may not affect Primetime programming, my guess is that it probably will.
I will post when the conversion is done and everything is up & running.
All of these stations are currently WB affiliates, with the exception of KFBT, which is an independent. Sinclair operates WNUV and WDBB under a local marketing agreement. Sinclair provides sales and other non-programming related services for WNAB under an outsourcing agreement; the station is owned by Lambert Broadcasting.
Mar 20, 2006 12:14 PM Beyond The Headlines e-newsletter
While the Blu-ray and HD-DVD camps slug it out in a pre-launch propaganda war, a third technology for high-definition home video distribution emerged at the recent CeBIT show in Germany.
New Medium Enterprises (NME) is promoting a format called Versatile Multi-layer Disc (MVD) that stores up to 40GB per disc using the same low-cost red lasers found in standard DVD drives, Personal Computer World reported. The MVD player, priced at $150, dramatically undercuts the $499 price tag on the upcoming low-end Toshiba HD-DVD player and $1000 first-generation Blu-ray deck.
MVD uses multilayer recording and offers a choice of 20-, 30- and 40GB discs. The report said 100GB discs are on the horizon.
NME is U.S.-owned, but based in London, and is in the process of a merger with a company called E-World which owns the EVS standard. EVS is the only HD standard in China and is backed by the Chinese government. NME owns 1900 x 1080 resolution standard.
The report said NME is not trying to compete directly with the Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats. The company claims to have 2600 Indian titles, via a distributor called Eros, and about 300 Chinese film titles through E-World. It will initially focus on those markets.