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Discovery HD to launch in Japan and Canada

Discovery HD will launch in Japan and Canada by the end of 2005.

Discovery HD, Discovery Network International's first 24-hour high-definition network in Asia, will launch on the J:COM digital platform Dec. 14 in Japan. The network will reach an initial subscriber base of 500,000 homes in the market.

In Canada, the CRTC recently approved a joint venture application between CTV Specialty Television and Discovery Communications for Discovery HD. The network is expected to launch as a 24-hour Category 2 Digital Specialty Service by the end of 2005.

Discovery Networks first launched Discovery HD internationally as a branded programming block in South Korea in February 2005. The launch of Discovery HD in Germany and Austria will take place this month, bringing the initial number of international markets Discovery HD will be distributed in to five.

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