ION launching networks in HD


ION Media Networks plans to launch its suite of networks – ION Television, qubo, and ION Life – in high definition in 2009. ION Television, the Company’s flagship general entertainment network, will be available in HD as ION Television HD beginning Q1. The HD simulcast of the newly branded “Positively Entertaining” network will serve to fully enhance consumers’ overall viewing experience.

Viewers can look forward to a mix television series, theatrical and made-for-television movies and specials on ION Television HD. The newly rebranded ION Television network features hit programs from CBS Television, NBC Universal, RHI Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth Television and Warner Bros., among others. The network’s fall 2008 lineup is led by off-network hits including “NCIS,” “Boston Legal,” and “ER.” Critically acclaimed miniseries and original productions from RHI Entertainment will be made available in high quality HD, as will blockbuster theatrical movies such as “Batman Returns,” “GoodFellas,” “Analyze This,” and “You’ve Got Mail.”

ION Media Networks’ digital TV brands, qubo, a network aimed at children that champions literacy and positive values through multilingual entertainment, and ION Life, a digital network dedicated to active lifestyles, personal growth and positive values, will also be upgraded to high definition quality later in 2009. Both “diginets” serve to educate and engage, priming viewers with positive messaging and helpful information. Additional details will be provided later this year.

The network will feature native and up-converted HD programming, and will be carried on all 60 of ION Media Network’s television stations around the country.