Rounding Up HD News: Voom’s Gallery HD to Feature Forger, DirecTV Sales Rise on HD

Feb 14, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Gallery HD Channel Puts U.K. Forgery Specialist in Classroom
Voom’s Gallery HD visual arts channel on March 3 will start airing a 10-episode series featuring convicted forger John Myatt teaching students the art of replicating the paintings of master artists. Myatt, sentenced to one year in prison in 1995 after confessing to painting more than 200 forgeries, will take students to locales including a meadow to teach the techniques of Monet and the seaside to teach the style of Edward Hopper, said Tamar Hacker, director of programming and executive producer at Gallery HD.
DirecTV Says HD Programming Cuts Churn
DirecTV said fourth-quarter revenue rose 17% as more high-definition programming helped shrink the customer turnover rate at the largest U.S. satellite television service to its lowest level in eight years. About 40% of DirecTV’s 16.8 million U.S. subscribers had HD and DVR services at the end of the year, up from 30% a year earlier, the company said in a statement. Earnings fell 2% on higher interest costs.
LG Philips to Be Renamed LG Display
Seoul-based liquid crystal display television maker LG Philips LCD will be renamed LG Display, contingent on a Feb. 29 shareholders vote. The name change in part “reflects the company’s business scope expansion and business model diversification,” the company said in a statement.
TVTonic Adds Shows on Golf, Dating and Parenting
TVTonic, the 400-channel online service that’s bundled with Microsoft’s Windows Media Center, is licensing five new high-definition programs from ON Networks, including shows on golf, parenting and online dating. “Golf Tips With Joe Beck” includes lessons from the PGA pro, while “On Dating” has dating coach Andrea Syrtash giving tutorials on hooking up virtually.


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