Starz Encore Group 's latest high-definition television entrant, Encore HD, will bow March 22 on PanAmSat 's Galaxy 13 satellite, also the home to high-def nets such as Cinemax HD, HBO HD, HDNet, HDNet Movies and TNT HD.
Galaxy 13 is the first of three HD satellites that PanAmSat will deploy above the U.S. by mid-2005.
Galaxy 13 also distributes Starz! HD. The distribution of Encore HD follows a 15-year transponder deal between Starz Encore and PanAmSat. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Encore HD will offer first-run and recent hit flicks, including "Blade II," "I Am Sam," and the premium network's original fare, including "The Directors" and upcoming original documentaries such as "The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing" and "CineNews," an original weekly show about the movie business. The network will offer content in the 1080i format and upconverted standard-definition titles.