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News | 05/19/2006 4:00 am EDT

Panikkar wins approval for more HD licences
High-definition TV impresario John Panikkar has won licenses for his fourth and fifth proposed HD specialty channels. AHD and MeridianHD were approved on April 27 and 28 respectively, and will feature content relating to extreme sports and other "high-octane" content in the instance of AHD, and programming relating to culture and human geography in MeridianHD’s case. Both applications received interventions supporting the proposed services. Panikkar’s third Category 2 application for an HD channel, 15 DegreesHD, was denied in August 2005, while his first and second applications for OasisHD and Treasure HD were green-lighted by the commission in that same month (CCR, Mar. 24/06).

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