CNN HD Debuts

Sep 6, 2007  •  Post A Comment

CNN on Saturday launched CNN HD, a high-definition simulcast of its existing network, which will feature original series shot in HD as well as regular news programming.
“We’ve known HD technology is out there and we’ve been planning from a technical point for some time,” said Bob Hesskamp, VP of CNN Broadcast Engineering and Systems Technology. “CNN is available on a variety of platforms already, and now it will be available in HD.”
DirecTV has confirmed it will carry CNN HD, with launch scheduled for mid-September. CNN would not comment specifically on other carriage deals, but did say it was in negotiations.
CNN shows that originate in New York will be produced in high def. The network’s newsgathering will be a mix of high definition and standard definition.
“Like with any news organization, we have a large legacy of library material in standard definition,” said Mr. Hesskamp, “and we’ll use that stuff forever.”
However, efforts will be made to up-convert content as much as possible, he added. The network has already begun the process of converting some of its current news segments.
CNN will continue to upgrade its facilities around the world by replacing existing equipment with high-def versions.
The ultimate goal is to have CNN be a news organization that shoots entirely in HD, but Mr. Hesskamp admits it’s not something that will happen overnight.
“We’re a global news organization, so it’s a significant endeavor to replace equipment and upgrade the current infrastructures,” he said.
Although CNN has been actively working on the launch of the HD simulcast for a little over a year, the network had been preparing itself for an eventual HD launch for nearly three years. The New York set was constructed with HD in mind, and several existing studios and control rooms have been upgraded over the years to be HD-ready.
CNN is preparing to air its first high-def documentary, “Planet in Peril,” in late October. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta and Animal Planet host Jeff Corwin are part of the project, which aims to address environmental issues threatening the planet.
“From the video we’ve seen so far, it’s incredible,” Mr. Hesskamp said. “I think, after all, we’re telling stories and the great video will help us to bring our viewers closer to the stories and report in a way we’ve never been able to do before.”
The network plans to do other documentaries and is currently in the process of shooting some in HD, but wouldn’t offer further details.
In addition, CNN HD will shoot the next presidential debate in high-def and plans to cover more large special events in HD.

63 Comments

  1. It’s about time that the “world wide leader” in news start broadcasting in HD. What took you so long?

  2. When will CNN HD be on Dish network????
    When will Fox News Channel go HD?

  3. WHY IN CNN HD THE CC IS NOT ON?
    THANKS

  4. when cnn hd on verizon in southern california?

  5. when will cnnhd be available to viewers outside america

  6. Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. It’s very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker.

  7. Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy.

  8. Way to focus and straight to your point, i love it. Keep up the work people. Dont let anyone stop us bloggers.

  9. Nice!! Great Ifo. Great People. Great Blog. Thank you for all the great sharing that is being done here.

  10. You make blogging look like a walk in the park! I’ve been trying to blog daily but I just cant find writing material.. you’re an inspiration to me and i’m sure many others!

  11. I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?

  12. I would like to start my own blog one day. This was a really nice blog that you made here. Keep up the success :P

  13. Interesting thoughts here. I appreciate you taking the time to share them with us all. It’s people like you that make my day :)

  14. Dreamin. I love blogging. You all express your feelings the right way, because they are your feeling, focus on your blog it is great.

  15. Nice blog here! Also your website loads up fast! What host are you using? I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  16. I love the way you write and also the theme on your blog. Did you code this yourself or was it done by a professional? I’m very very impressed.

  17. Hey how are you doing? I just wanted to stop by and say that it’s been a pleasure reading your blog. I have bookmarked your website so that I can come back & read more in the future as well. plz do keep up the quality writing

  18. Love all the opinions expressed here! How is everyone? Love how everyone expresses whatr they feel :)

  19. This is the best blog I’ve ever seen in my life! I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to share your this with everyone.

  20. I love the way you write and also the theme on your blog. Did you code this yourself or was it done by a professional? I’m very very impressed.

  21. Interesting thoughts here. I appreciate you taking the time to share them with us all. It’s people like you that make my day :)

  22. I love the way you write and also the theme on your blog. Did you code this yourself or was it done by a professional? I’m very very impressed.

  23. I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?

  24. Hey how are you doing? I just wanted to stop by and say that it’s been a pleasure reading your blog. I have bookmarked your website so that I can come back & read more in the future as well. plz do keep up the quality writing

  25. I agree with your thoughts here and I really love your blog! I’ve bookmarked it so that I can come back & read more in the future.

  26. This is good info! Where else can if ind out more?? Who runs this joint too? Keep up the good work :)

  27. I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?

  28. I love the way you write and also the theme on your blog. Did you code this yourself or was it done by a professional? I’m very very impressed.

  29. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply back as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to know wheere u got this from. thanks

  30. Great blog!! You should start many more. I love all the info provided. I will stay tuned :)

  31. Way to focus and straight to your point, i love it. Keep up the work people. Dont let anyone stop us bloggers.

  32. Interesting thoughts here. I appreciate you taking the time to share them with us all. It’s people like you that make my day :)

  33. Way to focus and straight to your point, i love it. Keep up the work people. Dont let anyone stop us bloggers.

  34. High quality info here! Keep up the great work. I love the feelings being expressed.

  35. Keep focusing on your blog. I love how we can all express our feelings. This is an extremely nice blog here :)

  36. We are delighted to invite you to submit all your sites to the directory.

  37. Amazing freakin blog here. I almost cried while reading it!

  38. You make blogging look like a walk in the park! I’ve been trying to blog daily but I just cant find writing material.. you’re an inspiration to me and i’m sure many others!

  39. Amazing freakin blog here. I almost cried while reading it!

  40. Hey how are you doing? I just wanted to stop by and say that it’s been a pleasure reading your blog. I have bookmarked your website so that I can come back & read more in the future as well. plz do keep up the quality writing

  41. I love the expression. Everyone needs to express there own opinion and feel free to hear others. Keep it up :)

  42. Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy.

  43. Hey how are you doing? I just wanted to stop by and say that it’s been a pleasure reading your blog. I have bookmarked your website so that I can come back & read more in the future as well. plz do keep up the quality writing

  44. Nice!! Great Ifo. Great People. Great Blog. Thank you for all the great sharing that is being done here.

  45. Love all the opinions expressed here! How is everyone? Love how everyone expresses whatr they feel :)

  46. Love all the opinions expressed here! How is everyone? Love how everyone expresses whatr they feel :)

  47. Love the blog here. Nice colors. I am definitely staying tuned to this one. Hope to see more.

  48. Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy.

  49. Thanks for such a fantastic post, bookmarked and signed up to your RSS feed. Keep the great posts coming.

  50. Kind Regards,

  51. LDA – Chief Exec Monthly Store LTD

  52. Kudos to you! This is a really good blog here and I love your style of writing. How did you get so good at blogging?

  53. Great wordpress blog here.. It’s hard to find quality writing like yours these days. I really appreciate people like you! take care and see you soon

  54. Nice!! Great Ifo. Great People. Great Blog. Thank you for all the great sharing that is being done here.

  55. You make blogging look like a walk in the park! I’ve been trying to blog daily but I just cant find writing material.. you’re an inspiration to me and i’m sure many others!

  56. I agree with your thoughts here and I really love your blog! I’ve bookmarked it so that I can come back & read more in the future.

  57. Keep focusing on your blog. I love how we can all express our feelings. This is an extremely nice blog here :)

  58. Neat blog layout! Very easy on the eyes.. i like the colors you picked out

  59. of course like your website but you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I to find it very troublesome to inform the reality on the other hand I will surely come back again.

  60. Good site=) Will take a decent amount of time to think about your content:)

  61. Love all the opinions expressed here! How is everyone? Love how everyone expresses whatr they feel :)

Your Comment

Email (will not be published)