Telemundo first Spanish net to go HD nationally


Telemundo announced it will have the capability to broadcast in HD across the nation beginning this month, making it  the first Spanish-language network to offer HD content both at the local and network levels. The first Spanish-language broadcast will be the 2009 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 23, after which Telemundo will expand its HD broadcast offerings to a selection of its prime time novelas, sports broadcasts and specials.

Telemundo will be the first Spanish-language network to broadcast an entire full-length novela in HD with the premiere of “Mas Sabe El Diablo.” Novela “Doña Barbara,” and select sports broadcasts will also be broadcast in HD. The network is planning to broadcast 100% of its prime time programming in HD in addition to movies it acquires and other specials.

Nine of the network’s owned and operated stations will pass the network HD signal. HD content will initially be available in Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, Chicago, New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Houston and Puerto Rico. The remaining Owned and Operated stations will be delivering HD programming over the next 12 months.