Turner Broadcasting System will launch a high-definition version of Turner Network Television (TNT) in May. The new network, TNT HD, will feature the channel's mix of off-net series, theatrical movies, sports and originals.
TNT HD will debut with the National Basketball Association Western Conference Finals in HD (1080i). It will feature a mix of true HD content, including NBA and NASCAR events and originals, while other programming, will be upconverted from standard definition.
TNT plans to make its original shows in HD, beginning with the terrorism drama The Grid, a series slated to debut this summer.
For production, the network recently purchased a full complement of Fujinon HD ENG-style lenses to shoot program elements and has outfitted its new HD truck with Ikegami HD cameras for a variety of sports and other programs.