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The Movie Channel Going HD

Showtime Networks Inc. will launch The Movie Channel HD Dec. 1.

The new channel -- Showtime’s second HDTV offering -- will transmit an East Coast feed of TMC in the highest picture resolution format available, 1080i (interlaced), with the original wide-screen aspect ratio (16:9) to preserve theatrical presentation.

December HDTV titles on TMC HD will include Bandits
, Hardball
, Novocaine
, Rollerball
, Sidewalks of New York
and What's the Worst that Could Happen?

The network will also feature Dolby Digital 5.1, offering subscribers six-channel, theater-quality directional surround sound.