Sky plans launch of Sky News HD TV channelSky News HD to launch on satellite TV next Spring

13 June 2009

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Sky to launch Sky News HD TV channel on satellite TV

Sky plans to launch a Sky News HD TV channel in Spring 2010 following the successful live screening of Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009. The satellite TV broadcaster will have over 30 HD channels after the launch.

Sky News HD will be the first news service to broadcast live news in HD. The satellite TV broadcaster is investing in training to create production teams and camera crews specifically geared towards the new HD news service.

Sky’s chief executive, Jeremy Darroch said: 'It's great news for our Sky+HD customers, giving them access to award-winning breaking news in HD for the very first time.'

To watch programmes in high definition, you’ll need an HD service and an HD-ready TV. Our review on LCD and plasma TVs has the latest HDTV models.

Our review on Freesat has information on HD content you can get without paying a monthly fee.

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Sky shows the most HD TV content

To watch Sky News in high definition, you’ll need to subscribe to Sky's News and Events pack and the HD pack. The Sky+HD set top box costs £49. 

Sky offers the most comprehensive HD service in the UK with over 30 channels broadcasting programmes in high definition.

For more information on HD services, see our guide to high definition TV explained.

Our guide on digital TV options has more information on Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision and all the major digital TV providers.

You can get free broadband and phone calls if you subscribe to a Sky TV package. To see how Sky compares for satisfaction with other providers, see our reviews of broadband and phone, internet and TV packages.

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