March 22 Launch Date for Encore HD


Starz Encore Group LLC said Tuesday that its Encore HD will launch March 22.

Encore HD will be transmitted in wide-screen 16x9 1080i (interlaced) format and feature Dolby Digital 5.1 sound with East Coast and West Coast feeds, the programmer said.

Voom, the HD direct-broadcast satellite service launched by Cablevision Systems Corp.’s Rainbow DBS unit, will carry Encore HD when it launches.

In related news, PanAmSat Corp. said Starz Encore signed a 15-year transponder deal for satellite delivery of Encore HD on Galaxy 13/Horizons-1.

Galaxy 13 is the home of what PanAmSat called the industry's first "HDTV neighborhood," also home to Cinemax HD, HBO HDTV, HDNet, HDNet Movies, Wealth TV, Starz! HD and TNT HD.