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Friday, October 1, 2010

New Sky HD channel coming soon - Sky Atlantic HD

Sky today announced plans to launch Sky Atlantic HD , a new entertainment channel, in early 2011.

Sky Atlantic will provide an exclusive home to some of the most hotly anticipated shows in television to customers throughout the UK and Ireland.

Following Sky and HBO's multi-year output deal announced in July, Sky Atlantic HD will air all of HBO's new series exclusively in the UK and Ireland including the already critically acclaimed Boardwalk Empire . The Prohibition-era drama from acclaimed director and Oscar® winner Martin Scorsese and The Sopranos' Emmy® Award winning writer Terence Winter features an all-star cast including Steve Buscemi , Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald. Boardwalk Empire made its US debut on HBO on September 19, 2010 and a UK and Ireland premiere is scheduled for February 2011. The series has already been green lit for a second season after scoring HBO's best premiere audience for over six years.

Other upcoming HBO productions to be broadcast by Sky Atlantic HD include the fantasy drama Game of Thrones , based on the series of books A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, Luck , executive produced by David Milch and Michael Mann and starring two time Oscar® winner Dustin Hoffman , Mildred Pierce starring Oscar® winner Kate Winslet and the new series from David Simon ( The Wire ), the New Orleans set Treme , which chronicles the rebuilding of the city following the historic devastation at the hands of Hurricane Katrina . In addition, future seasons of existing HBO shows - such as Entourage and Big Love - will be broadcast exclusively on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Ireland. Furthermore, some of the most critically lauded series of recent times including The Sopranos , The Wire , Six Feet Under and Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' The Pacific will also air on the channel. The content will also be offered to Sky customers via Sky's on-demand platforms, including the soon-to-launch Sky Anytime+ service.

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