HD for HGTV

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Home & Garden Television officially launched its HD network Monday with more than 350 hours of original programming.

HGTV president Judy Girard said the network launched on several small operators including WideOpenWest LLC systems in Chicago, Detroit and Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; Buckeye CableSystem in Ohio; and Sunflower Broadband and Everest Connections Corp. in Kansas City.

HGTV HD also inked a deal with a “large satellite provider,” which Girard declined to reveal, but sources close to the network confirmed the service as EchoStar Communications Corp.’s Dish Network. She is confident that other distributors will sign on.

HGTV HD will not simulcast the linear channel, but instead will offer some 350 hours of original programming shot in HD, including such shows as Small Space,Big Style, Generation Renovation and Rezoned.

Girard said that with women becoming more HD-savvy and upgrading their televisions, the time is right to launch the network.

In June, HGTV parent Scripps Networks plans to launch Food Network HD.

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