TNT To Launch HD Channel

Turner Broadcasting will debut TNT-HD in May 2004, a hi-def version of the popular TNT cable network.

TNT, which programs a combination of series, movies, sports and original dramas, entered the hi-def programming arena a year ago with the HD broadcast of the 2003 NBA All-Star Game, which it will broadcast again in HD in February. The May launch will coincide with TNT's coverage of the NBA Western Conference finals.

The launch of TNT's HD simulcast is "sending television into a new dimension," said Mark Lazarus, president of Turner Entertainment Group. "TNT has an incredible array of successful dramatic programming -- from Law & Order and NBC coverage to award-winning TNT Originals and blockbuster movies -- giving the network an unprecedented combination of programming that is ideally suited for the HDTV format. TNT-HD means more than just high-def. It means high drama."

The network is in negotiations with cable operators for carriage of the new HD channel and officials said more details would be provided as the launch draws closer.