With a new 12,500-square-foot HD facility on track to be completed this month, The Weather Channel has passed a milestone in the HD project begun last May. The next steps will be to install 10,000 square feet of access flooring and 480 electric circuits for studio lights in the new facility that adjoins company headquarters. By early May, sets will be in place for the start of rehearsals from the four- story-high HD studio. The Weather Channel is well on its way to the launch of its first HD studio programs, Your Weather Today and Evening Edition, on 6/2.
On the distribution side of its HD initiative, The Weather Channel has reached agreements for carrying The Weather Channel HD with all six of the top programming distributors. These are: Charter Communications, Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, DirecTV, EchoStar Communications and its DISH Network, and Time Warner Cable.