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Japan's Sky PerfecTV! planning HDTV expansion


The end of analog TV broadcasts scheduled for 2011 in Japan will free up plenty of space, and Sky PerfecTV announced today it plans to take advantage, and "become one of the top high-definition TV broadcasters in the world" according to its Chairman Masanori Akiyama. Things kick off with 12 HDTV channels coming online in October, with plans for as many as 100 by 2011, about half the number of channels the service currently offers. It appears Japanese satellite is poised to catch up with other services, but its hard to see many customers opting for this in years to come over VOD rollouts already underway -- unless Sky Perfect (not to be confused with the UK's Sky) decides to slip some SHV loving in there -- just sayin'.

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