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Rounding Up HD News: HDNet to Carry Shuttle Launch

HDNet Will Telecast Feb. 7 Space Shuttle Launch
HDNet will be the exclusive high-definition telecaster of the Space Shuttle Atlantis launch Feb. 7. The telecast of NASA’s 24th U.S. mission to the International Space Station will start at 2 p.m., with the launch scheduled for 2:45 p.m., HDNet said in a statement.

JVC Developing LCD TV With Funai
JVC has agreed to produce and develop LCD television sets and video equipment with Funai Electric starting this year. Beginning next month, Yokohama, Japan-based JVC’s Mexico plant will make Funai brand televisions for sale in North America while Osaka, Japan-based Funai’s Poland factory will make JVC HDTVs for Europe, JVC said in a statement this week. The companies will try to cut costs with a joint-purchasing agreement while cooperating on research and development, JVC said.

New Mets Stadium to Feature HD Scoreboard by Daktronics
The New York Mets’ new baseball stadium will feature a 12,000-square-foot high-definition scoreboard made by Daktronics. The scoreboard will have multiple video boards and one of the largest out-of-town scoreboards in baseball, Brookings, S.D.-based Daktronics said in a statement. The Mets will move to Citi Field from Shea Stadium for the 2009 season.

Newscaster’s HD Concerns Trigger U.K. Lawsuit
A BBC newscaster sued a United Kingdom health clinic because she said a cosmetic surgery procedure she received in preparation for the network’s new high-definition broadcasts left her disfigured, according to London’s Daily Mail. The newscaster, 37-year-old Kate Silverton, missed two weeks of work after the procedure because of facial swelling, the Mail said.