Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)'s high definition channel APTNHD is now available to Rogers HDTV subscribers in the Ontario region on channel 516.
Among the first programs to enjoy the new HD distribution, broadcast coverage of the upcoming Assembly of First Nations (AFN) 30th Annual General Assembly and election of National Chief in Calgary, AB.
“APTN is excited for the Rogers HDTV launch of our high definition channel,” said Sky Bridges, APTN Director of Marketing. “Being able to deliver the programming APTN viewers have come to know and enjoy in this new high grade format, to an even larger audience is very significant of our growth and development as a network.”
“Rogers is pleased to have APTN HD join its robust stable of HD channels,” David Purdy, Vice President of Video Product Management, Rogers Cable, said in a release. “We continue to lead in the delivery of the most variety of HD programming and to giving our customers access to the HD channels that are the most meaningful to them.”
APTNHD lets viewers see much of the same original programming as seen on the network’s standard definition channel, programmers describe, including APTN National News and ‘live’ special event programming.
APTN initially launched its new high definition channel on April 8, 2008. APTN’s standard definition channel remains unchanged and will continue to be available to Rogers TV and Rogers HDTV subscribers on channel 70 in the Toronto region.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is holding its 30th Annual General Assembly and election of National Chief in Calgary, Alberta and APTN will be there to deliver daily coverage of the assembly and the complete election results.
On July 21 to 23, 2009, APTN National News will air special coverage of the election proceedings during its regular news slot at 6 pm ET on APTN East and APTNHD / 6 pm MT on APTN West / 6 pm CT on APTN North. Live hits will be featured throughout each day to keep viewers informed as the ballot results come in. APTN National News will continue its special coverage until a winner is declared.
“APTN is dedicated to keeping viewers informed of important events that affect our communities, such as the AFN Election,” added Bridges. “Aboriginal Peoples across this country should have access to these historic moments which directly affect our First Nations brothers and sisters.”
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national organization representing approximately 700,000 First Nations citizens in Canada from 633 First Nations communities in both rural and urban areas.
September 1, 2009 will mark the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite (DTH), telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers.
For more information, visit www.aptn.ca.