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Fox Plans HD Duo


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By Steve Donohue 8/8/2005 12:04:00 AM


Fox Networks Group plans to launch two HD networks early next year -- an HDTV version of National Geographic Channel and Fox HD, which will draw from sporting events and popular TV series from broadcast network Fox, cable sister FX and other networks.


“Our goal is to help sell the concept of high-definition,†Fox Networks Group CEO Tony Vinciquerra said, predicting that there will be a big spike in sales of HDTV sets during the holiday season.


“We want to be positioned with our product to take advantage of that … It’s time to start putting the pedal to the metal to get this thing out,†he added.


Fox executives will seek license fees from cable and satellite distributors for the networks, which they hope will be carried on HDTV-programming tiers, Vinciquerra said.


The News Corp. unit is expected to announce the NGC HD plans Monday. NGC HD is scheduled to debut in January, timed to mark the fifth anniversary of the domestic launch of NGC.


The HD channel will be a straight simulcast of the standard-definition version of NGC, which has stepped up its production of HDTV shows to prepare for the rollout of NGC HD.


A firm launch date hasn’t been set for Fox HD. The network will run programming from several Fox venues, including its 20th Century Fox Television, producer of 24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files; Fox Television Studios (Malcolm in the Middle, The Shield); and 20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith).


Fox HD may also simulcast National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing events on FX and run programming from Speed Channel, Fuel and other Fox-owned networks.


While television rights won’t be an issue for NGC HD, since National Geographic produces most of its original programming, executives said it will be more of a challenge to line up programming for Fox HD, since some distributors may not want programming to appear on Fox HD before syndication runs.


Vinciquerra said Fox doesn’t expect to generate a big profit with either NGC HD or Fox HD. “This is not a business were putting together to help the bottom line. This is a business we’re getting into to help the digital transition,†he added.

Taken from www.multichannel.com
 

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What!!!??? You don't like the Summer Olympics? Law and Order?


Of course, the one thing I want to have re-run on UHD, the BSG miniseries, never shows up...


(But that's for the UHD thread, not this one.)
 

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I expect fox to have every one of their D-theater releases on this network. Hopefully they will have some of their older fox widescreen tv shows in HD. I'd be happy if they resumed showing some of their old cancelled shows that they never broadcast as well as shows on FX.
 

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I expect fox to have every one of their D-theater releases on this network.
I think they might decide to come out with them on BluRay disks instead. Maybe BluRay disks first and then on the channel later, but we'll have to see.


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Most likely these 2 chaennels will be on directv at launch. But I Wonder if any cable operator will the FOX-HD channel though initially because many systems don't carry NBC Universal-HD to this point. I hope they do a better job of putting content on there than Universal. It doesen't sound like there not gonna ask for alot of money per sub so hopefully they will be widely distributed.


So in the comming months we will see NGC-HD, FOX-HD, Food Network-HD, HGTV-HD, TCM-HD(MAYBE), NBATV-HD going 24X7 along with some big shows like SNL, Good morning america and David Letterman going HD. Hopefully this will turn on more people to HDTV and in turn force stingy cable and Satelittle operators to beef up there HD lineups.
 

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I expect fox to have every one of their D-theater releases on this network. Hopefully they will have some of their older fox widescreen tv shows in HD. I'd be happy if they resumed showing some of their old cancelled shows that they never broadcast as well as shows on FX.
we "expected" alot out of universal too and were dissapointed.... ive learned not to expect a damn thing with anything HD until it airs.
 

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I hope this means that the great FX series - The Shield, Over There, Rescue Me - will be shown on the new channel concurrently with their appearance on FX. That would be a sensational development.
 

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Rather than jumping in and joining the cynical chorus of those who want us to be disappointed, I welcome the news of two new -- and apparently vigorous -- additions to the HD world.


NGC has been planning for this launch for longer than a year and its library should be well-stocked with programming.
 

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But calling it FOX HD may get confusing.
Well FOX could drop finally drop another letter like the O in FX. This time the could drop the F and call it OX HD!:D


I guess it's better than calling it "FHD"
 

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Rather than jumping in and joining the cynical chorus of those who want us to be disappointed, I welcome the news of two new -- and apparently vigorous -- additions to the HD world.


NGC has been planning for this launch for longer than a year and its library should be well-stocked with programming.
Me too, at least it's a step closer to getting those FX shows in HD, although I'm not sure if Rescue Me, The Shield and Over There are FOX properties. I'm seemed to recall they were developed in-house, but I'm not positive about that.
 

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These would be some awesome channels to have... 'have' being the operative word here. Wonder if we'll have to wait for Hell to freeze over before we actually see these on any carriers.
 

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I would certainly hope so! But that doesnt mean that it will actually show up in our program guides and be tunable... I'm hoping though!
 

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I'm sure negotiations will go pretty smoothly at DirecTV. ;)
What is funny about this is, they will have to offer it to the cable companies without much problems because of the deal when News Corp bought D*, but the cable companies can crap on D* as far as InHD goes.
 
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