MGM Launches HD Movie Channel

Sep 20, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios is launching a high-definition movie channel, the company announced Tuesday.
MGM HD, which will have the tagline “the way movies were meant to be seen,” will feature a vast selection of films ranging from “West Side Story” to “The Usual Suspects.”
MGM said it has an advantage over the competition with its modern film library consisting of more than 4,100 films that garnered more than 200 Academy Awards.
The network also will offer original programming and new content.
“The growth of the MGM library and the further expansion of the MGM channels worldwide are the studio’s primary objectives,” MGM Chairman-CEO Harry E. Sloan said in a statement. “By converting MGM’s sizable library to high definition, we’ve developed a sustainable business model for an MGM HD Channel in the U.S.”
DirecTV, the nation’s No. 1 satellite provider, will be the new channel’s initial launch partner, MGM said.
“With the launch of up to 100 HD channels by the end of this year, DirecTV is taking HD to a level that can’t be found on any other multichannel provider in the country. MGM’s brand recognition and entertainment assets will bring incredible value, and we are excited to have them as a part of our HD lineup,” Derek Change, executive VP of programming and strategy for DirecTV, said in a release.
MGM will continue to look for additional carriage agreements and is confident it will be successful in the growing high-def market.
While this is MGM’s first wholly owned channel in the United States, the MGM Channel is available in nearly 120 countries worldwide, most recently Poland. MGM said it is ready to capitalize on the new opportunities the emerging U.S. HD market offers. In addition, the new HD channel will allow for cross-promotional and advertising opportunities across all divisions of the company.
The U.S. launch of MGM HD was spearheaded by Jim Packer, co-president of worldwide television, and Douglas A. Lee, executive VP of worldwide digital media, the company said.


  1. Too bad it will look as horrible as the rest of the “HD” programming DirecTV provides as they first downres it to 1440x1080i, then compress it within an inch of its life. 🙁

  2. Bill,
    If you do some research you will see the new MPEG-4 channels on DirecTV are full HD resolution with outstanding picture quality. This makes DTV the premier provider of true HD. Please note the old channels on the old satellite will be as is until the transition to the new MPEG-4 is complete.
    Good Luck with your HD viewing.

  3. This New channel looks great on Directv.
    DTV is not downresing this picture at all.
    Bill, go back to your Voom channels

  4. Where can I find a schedule for hd mgm movies showing?

  5. Sir: I thought it would be great to watch your movies in HD, but I was very disappointed to watch movies interrupted with commercials. I could not believe that this was happening. FoxHD is better–they have no commercials. I say good-bye to MGMHD–what a fraud!

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