January 23, 2007
11News Pioneers Local News In HD
HOUSTON -- KHOU-TV Channel 11 will broadcast 11News in high definition beginning Super Bowl Sunday, February 4th. The technologically superior signal will be broadcast from Channel 11 studios and will include 11News as well as additional local programming such as "Great Day Houston," Channel 11's 9am talk show.
Much of Channel 11's network programming is already broadcast in HD as the station provides viewers more HD programming than any other television station in Houston, but this is the first time a station's local newscasts will be broadcast in HD. "The superior quality of high definition will give 11News viewers with HD capabilities a local news experience like never before," says Peter Diaz, KHOU-TV President and General Manager. "We're pleased to be the first station in the market to bring this new technology to Houston area news viewers."
Viewers can pick-up the HD signal on Channel 11 over-the-air for free with an HD television and antennae or by subscribing to HD programming with their local cable or satellite provider. Channel 11 was first in digital television in Houston, the first to introduce high definition television programming and is now the first to broadcast its local newscasts in HD. 11News is Houston's number one rated television news station according to Nielsen Media Research (November 2006). Houston is the nation's tenth largest television market.
KHOU-TV is part of Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with 7,400 employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company also owns or operates seven cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and Al Dia in Dallas/Fort Worth, and El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6626.