AP Finishes HD Transition5/30/2012 5:00 AM Eastern
After 18 months of work and a multimillion dollar investment upgrading its facilities, the Associated Press has completed its HD rollout by beginning to delivering video news in high definition to its customers.
The agency has been billing the move as "the largest rollout of HD by any news agency globally."
As part of a phased rollout of HD service, AP began offering entertainment news in HD in November 2011 and then launched HD sports news as part of its joint venture with Sports News Television in January 2012.
With the launch of HD video news content this week, the agency has beat its previously announced plans of completing the HD upgrades prior to the start of Summer Olympics in July and the U.S. presidential campaign this fall.
Customers can still, however, receive the feeds in standard definition if they prefer.