Sky News HD will be a simulcast broadcast of the content from the standard definition Sky News channel, and will launch on Thursday 6th May at 9pm. It will take the Sky channel number of 517.
John Ryley, Head of Sky News said: "We've made the news ourselves in 2010 by launching the first UK news service in HD with sharper pictures and enhanced services for HD viewers. It's an innovation which clearly defines Sky's strengths, our passion and our restless pursuit to be first and to be the best. The detail of Sky News HD is stunning - I hope our viewers will enjoy the new experience."
Sky News HD brings Sky's high-definition channel count up to 40, with all Sky brands now having made the jump to the sharper picture format.
As of 31st December 2009, 2.1 million customers had signed up to receive Sky's HD pack of channels.