The Asian Television Network International Ltd. (ATN) will offer its ATN channel in high definition beginning March 1, ATN said Wednesday. In a release, ATN said it is currently working to deploy its flagship channel in high definition after bringing its new broadcasting station in Markham, Ont. into full operation. ATN said it was implementing other programming changes, and would not renew Hindi programming service ZEE TV’s licence, which expires on Jan. 31, 2013. Shan Chandrasekar, president and CEO of ATN, said in a statement that the channel is not being renewed due to a lack of airtime. The company said it is working to secure more reality TV programs and plans to introduce Canadian premiers of Indian movies and produce and exhibit Canadian feature films based on South Asian themes. ATN also plans to produce and feature South Asian Canadian dramas in the languages of Hindi, Punjabi, English and Tamil, and invest in Canadian independent production, the company said.