Rounding Up HD News: Sports, Screens and Satisfaction

May 22, 2008  •  Post A Comment

FSN Networks Going HD Full-Time
FSN Networks, the regional sports-broadcasting unit of News Corp., said this week that its 16 channels will start broadcasting full-time in high definition by March. Fox Sports is building a 184,000-square-foot facility in Houston to process the HD broadcasting of the 3,000 sporting events FSN channels air each year.
‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ Gets Blu-ray Treatment in July
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be released in Blu-ray by Warner Home Video in July. The Oscar-winning 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher will retail for $34.99 and will include a 36-page booklet.
Panasonic to Sell Web-Enabled Plasma HDTVs
Panasonic said it will start selling its Web-enabled plasma high-definition televisions next month. The four models, which will give customers access to sites such as YouTube, Bloomberg and Google’s Picasa Web Album, range in screen size from 46 inches to 65 inches and will be priced from $3,099.95 to $7,999.95, the company said.
Cable Providers Lag Satellite in Customer Satisfaction
Cable television services, which are trying to catch up with satellite TV companies in high-definition channel inventory, are trailing in customer satisfaction ratings as well, the University of Michigan said this week in its American Customer Satisfaction Index. Cable companies scored a 64 average, with U.S. leader Comcast’s score falling this year, while U.S. satellite leader DirecTV leapfrogged No. 2 Dish Network by getting a 68, according to the survey.
LG Electronics to Invest $960 Million in New LCD Production Line
LG Electronics, the world’s No. 2 liquid-crystal display television maker behind Samsung, will start a new LCD production line next year, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing Chief Executive Officer Kwon Young-Soo at an analyst meeting last week. LG will invest 1 trillion won ($960 million) in the facility, the Journal says.
ESPN Ratings 43% Higher in HD Than SD
ESPN’s ratings are 43% higher in homes with high-definition televisions than standard-definition households, Marketwatch.com reports, citing Sean Bratches, ESPN’s executive VP of sales and marketing. The Walt Disney unit increased all-day ratings in the fourth quarter by 13% and prime-time ratings by 15%, Marketwatch.com says.


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