APTN Launches High Definition Channel
Friday, 11 April 2008
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is pleased to announce the launch of its new high definition channel, APTNHD. Special programming for the HD kickoff included the premiere showing of the 2007 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in full high definition format. APTN’s HD service is broadcast in true HD format and is currently only available to Bell Canada HD subscribers on channel 808.APTNHD will carry 16.5 hours per week of distinctive HD programming. The schedule features many of the network’s most popular shows including the award-winning, hit series renegadepress.com, now in its fifth and final season. Youth programming on APTNHD will include the world premieres of MyTV and La Piqûre, two new programs that explore the lives of today’s Aboriginal youth and the Gemini-award winning Wapos Bay.
All of APTN’s national news and current affairs programs, including the network’s daytime and primetime broadcasts, will be available on APTNHD.
High definition television signals contain more picture information and a higher quality sound than the standard television signal. This technology uses higher resolutions to produce a clearer picture, which enables viewers to watch programming in an enhanced format.
“This new station will help our viewers see the best of APTN with the best technology available today,” said Jean LaRose, APTN Chief Executive Officer. “Every day, APTN offers Canadians a window into the diverse worlds of Indigenous peoples in Canada and throughout the world through newscasts and documentaries, dramas, entertainment and children’s programs. With the new APTNHD channel, we’ll be providing viewers the same high quality programming at the highest quality broadcast standard that can be offered today.”
APTN believes the new channel will encourage the development of new and original Aboriginal language HD programming.
“APTNHD will provide Aboriginal producers with an impetus to create more content in high definition,” said Mr. LaRose. “We look forward to increasing the amount of Aboriginal language HD content on television to further strengthen our mandate of promoting, strengthening and enhance the languages, cultures and reality of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.”
September 1, 2007 marked the eight-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite (DTH), telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862, or visit the website at www.aptn.ca.