MGM to make its HDTV premiere

The film studio will debut a high-definition channel on DirecTV this fall.

The studio that brought Scarlett O'Hara, Dorothy and James Bond to the big screen is thinking smaller these days. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is set to debut a high-definition channel on DirecTV beginning this fall, according to Reuters.

Though the TV channel is a first for MGM in the U.S., the studio currently has several European channels. The content lineup will be a combination of films and original programming. Rival Hollywood studio Universal has had its own HD cable channel programmed with TV and movie content from parent company NBC Universal since 2003.

The MGM channel will be one of many HD-only channels for DirecTV. The satellite provider will apparently be adding 100 new high-def channels by the end of the year.

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