Sky News has announced plans to launch a high definition version of the channel in the spring of 2010.
much closer to events, building on one of Sky News’ existing strengths.”

Sky News HD will be a simulcast of the current standard definition channel. The channel says that its new HD graphics will be capable of “delivering a 3D look on-air”.

Asked whether the HD version would be made available outside of the UK, a Sky News spokeswoman told Broadband TV News that the channel was focussing on the a successful launch on the UK platform. “But we’re always evaluating distribution opportunities for all of our channels and will look at the opportunities internationally based on the capabilities of distributors,” she said.

Sky’s first foray into HD news came during Barack Obama’s Inauguration as US President in January. The channel streamed an HD feed live on the internet and used Sky Arts’ HD channel to provide a broadcast outlet.

Last month, BBC head of news Richard Porter promised HD transmission of BBC World News by 2012.