MGM HD Widens Reach with AT&T Sign-up

MGM has signed a distribution pact with AT&T's growing U-verse IPTV service to carry the Hollywood studio's high definition channel, MGM HD. The commercial-free premium channel mostly features MGM's 4,000-plus film titles dating back to the 1930s.

MGM HD is currently available on the HD tiers of virtually all major cable systems, both DBS services serving the United States, and Verizon's fiber-optic network. It's also available throughout parts of Europe.

AT&T said its Internet protocol service is now being offered in parts of more than a dozen states, including: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.

MGM HD operates mainly as a linear service, although it also provides VOD options in some markets where it's currently accessible. For AT&T subs, the MGM channel will be available on a premium HD tier that will cost a few dollars more than the telco's "basic" HD tier.