Sony Television is set to debut a new cable network and expand one that’s now on-demand only, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.
The first, tentatively called Sony Pictures Movies HD, will focus on movies and is scheduled to debut Oct. 1, the story says. The plan is to use the network to delve into Sony’s film library through an HD network that cable and satellite-TV operators can market with HD packages, the article adds, similar to the MGM HD and Universal HD networks.
One of the most-requested films yet-to-be-released in high definition on Blu-Ray is in the Sony library: the classic Best Picture Oscar-winner "Lawrence of Arabia." The film has been seen, however, on the HD Movie Network.
Sony Television is also planning to roll out FearNet, currently an on demand TV network, as a linear movie channel on Oct. 1. FearNet is a venture between Sony, Lionsgate and Comcast.