Sky launching high-def genre channels

Recent film releases will be mixed with classics in HD

LONDON -- Stepping up its commitment to high-definition TV, Sky said Wednesday that it will launch six genre-themed high-def movie channels and a reality channel, Sky Real Lives, HD in October. The additions bring the total number of HD movie channels to nine and the total number of Sky HD channels overall across sport, entertainment and movies to 26.

The HD channels will cover genres including action/thriller, horror/sci fi, modern greats, drama and family and comedy.

In addition to showing recent films such as "Casino Royale," "The Frighteners" and "3:10 to Yuma" on the channels, Sky also will bring such titles as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "The Sound of Music" to the U.K. in HD for the first time.

"Whatever genre of movie you're watching, HD doesn't just make pictures clearer, it makes the whole experience more intense," said Ian Lewis, director of Sky Movies and Sky Box Office.