Univision Starts HD Transition

The Spanish program service said it plans a steady addition of HD programming in the first half of 2010.
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On Monday night (Dec. 7) at a minute past midnight, Spanish-language cable network Univision began a gradual transition of some of its HD programming in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Atlanta.

A week later, on Dec. 14, Univision plans to extend its HD services to Austin, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Fresno, Houston, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Bakersfield, Calif. A week later on Dec. 21, Univision's HD outreach will grow to Miami, the Arizona markets of Phoenix, Douglas, Flagstaff and Tucson, as well as Salt Lake City.

Univision told its viewers that its signals "will be broadcast in HD but not all of our programming will be viewed technically in HD." The first program to air "entirely in HD" will be the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., live on New Year's Day.

The Spanish program service said it plans a steady addition of HD programming in the first half of 2010, and in a statement advises its viewers to "remember you'll only be able to enjoy the total HD experience if you have an HDTV set." (It did not go on to note to its cable and DBS viewers that they must also subscribe to HD services to receive HD content.)