food_networkScripps Networks Interactive has confirmed plans to launch a high definition version of the Food Network in Europe, the Middle East and Africa next month.
The channel, which is a joint venture between Scripps and Liberty Global’s ChelloZone, will get a HD simulcast in EMEA regions from May 1, 2010.
The Food Network HD will carry various programmes featuring well-known chefs, such as Throwdown with Bobby Flay and Paula Deen’s Paula’s Best Dishes, along with entertainment formats Unwrapped and Chopped.

“The ability to tap our substantial library of quality high-definition lifestyle programming is an important driver of distribution for Food Network, especially in EMEA markets,” said Scripps Networks International president Greg Moyer.
Digital Media Centre will play out the HD channel as it already handles the standard definition version, which became available to 10 million EMEA households in February.

DMC vice president of commercial operations Robin Kroes said: “We are very glad to extend our delivery of Food Network for Scripps Networks Interactive in EMEA. “The Food Network is an extremely popular and respected channel, and we are proud to deliver its content in both SD and HD formats to millions of households.”

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