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May 27, 2002  •  Post A Comment

National Geographic raises its high-def profile
National Geographic Film Library has partnered with Minneapolis-based Hi-Wire to convert more than 500 hours of programming of both new and archived films to high definition. National Geographic said the number of clients asking for footage in HD has risen significantly over the last few years. Films shot in HD will be added to the archives immediately, and the organization will also give close attention to productions that were shot in 16×9 format beginning in 1995, especially those with compelling imagery that is popular with advertisers.
PrediWave tests video-on-demand via satellite
PrediWave has completed tests of its ability to deliver video-on-demand over satellite, which it demonstrated at the China Cable Broadcasting Networks Show in Beijing in late March. The Fremont, Calif.,-based company is pitching its Digital Broadband Delivery System as a cost-effective way to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban areas in China. The technology will allow programmers to deliver interactive-learning content to millions of viewers who don’t live in wired areas.