KING 5 Becomes First Station in Market to Broadcast in Wide-format HD
Seattle, WA - Today KING 5 expands its high definition (HD) technology to provide viewers with the most local news coverage in HD available in Western Washington. To highlight the expansion, KING 5 has changed its on air logo from K5 to K5HD.This is the latest in KING 5 bringing broadcast firsts to its viewers. It was the first full power HD station in the market and was the first with local programming in HD with Evening Magazine. HDTV viewers will see the local KING 5 newscast in full wide-screen format, including news graphics and SkyKING helicopter images. The studio, newsroom and weather center cameras as well as the Seattle Towercam (located on Queen Anne) can be seen in full HD. With this expansion, KING 5 offers viewers the largest volume of HD news content in the market and advertisers will see the benefit of running ads in HD, providing a larger, clearer, more visually appealing ad for viewers.
"The success of KING 5 is built on our history of innovation and dedication to quality," said Ray Heacox, president and general manager of KING 5, KONG 6/16 and NWCN. "This significant investment in our studios and in equipment brings our audience the cleanest, crispest viewing experience available."
KING 5 News joins NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, which launched in high definition on March 26, in providing HD to viewers. That creates the largest block of evening news and information programming in high definition in Western Washington, starting with KING 5 News at 5 through Evening Magazine at 7:00 pm.
Viewers watching on a standard definition television signal will continue to receive all KING 5 newscasts and KING 5 local programming.
To watch KING 5 HD, viewers need an HDTV and an HD signal from a cable or satellite provider or HD antenna. KING 5 HD's signal is on Comcast Channel 105, Millennium Digital Media Channel 705, Click! Network Channel 505 and Direct TV Channel 5.
Customers need an HDTV and an HD signal from their cable or satellite provider. To help viewers, KING5.com posted a "Beginners Guide to HDTV" to help TV viewers navigate the complex task of finding an HD set, installing it correctly and getting the most out of the high-definition experience.
News and local programs now available in HD on KING 5 are:
- KING 5 Morning News (5:00AM-7:00AM)
- KING 5 Morning News on KONG (7:00AM- 9:00AM)
- KING 5 News at Noon (12:00PM-1:00PM)
- Replay: KING 5 News at Noon on Kong (1:00PM-2:00PM)
- KING 5 News at 5 (5:00PM-6:00PM)
- NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams (6:00PM- 6:30PM)
- KING 5 News at 6:30 (6:30PM-7:00PM)
- Evening Magazine (7:00PM-7:30PM)
- KING 5 News at 10 on KONG (10:00PM-10:30PM)
- KING 5 News at 11 (11:00PM-11:30PM)
- KING 5 Weekend Morning News-Sat. (6:00AM-10:00AM)
- Gardening with Cisco (Saturday) (10:00AM-10:30AM)
- KING 5 Weekend Morning News-Sun. (6:00AM-9:30AM)
- Northwest Backroads (Sunday) (7:00PM-7:30PM)
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