TV One Launches HD Channel

African American-targeted channel TV One has launched an HD channel on systems owned by the nation's two largest cable operators. 

The 24/7 channel debuted today (Dec. 17) on New York region systems owned by Time Warner (Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Upper Manhattan, Mt. Vernon and Bergen County, NJ) and on Comcast systems in Boston, Chicago, Portland, and Seattle. 

TV One says to look for additional carriage deals early next month.

The HD channel will mirror existing network programming, with 20% of the content in HD at launch and 40% by the end of 2010. Original programming will be produced in HD going forward.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.