ShortsHD Gains Berth On Dish Network

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ShortsHD has launched on Dish Network.
The movie shorts service is now available on Dish Platinum HD package on channel 375. Deal terms between parent Shorts International and the No. 2 DBS provider were not disclosed.
ShortsHD, which derived revenue from both license fees and advertising, also has carriage on AT&T U-verse and is now available to some 16 million U.S. subscribers.
The network, whose schedule comprises short films categorized into 30 and 60 minute thematic "zones" covering a variety of genres, such as comedies, musicals, documentaries, thrillers, dramas and animation.
Shorts International also recently partnered with Movies OnDemand to bring the feature presentations of the "Oscar-Nominated Shorts 2010" to major operators' on-demand platform last month and is available on iTunes.
Outside the U.S., Shorts International operates ad-supported TV networks in the U.K, France, Belgium, Turkey and Luxembourg.
"At its core, ShortsHD is a next generation movie channel and movies are one of the industry's most highly-valued entertainment products, by viewers and distributors alike,"  said Carter Pilcher, CEO of Shorts Internationa, in a statement. "In today's time-constrained culture, ShortsHD is a perfect entertainment format. The traction we are seeing in the U.S. and European markets is a good sign to all filmmakers in this genre. ShortsHD is a great complement to existing products in Dish's HD package, and our hat is off to them for breaking new ground in entertainment with us".

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