"We've known HD technology is out there and we've been planning from a technical point for some time," said Bob Hesskamp, VP of CNN Broadcast Engineering and Systems Technology.
"Like with any news organization, we have a large legacy of library material in standard definition," said Mr. Hesskamp
, "and we'll use that stuff forever."
However, efforts will be made to up-convert content as much as possible, he
added.The network has already begun the process of converting some of its current news segments.CNN
will continue to upgrade its facilities around the world by replacing existing equipment with high-def versions.
The ultimate goal is to have CNN
be a news organization that shoots entirely in HD, but Mr. Hesskamp
admits it's not something that will happen overnight.
"We're a global news organization, so it's a significant endeavor to replace equipment and upgrade the current infrastructures," he
has been actively working on the launch of the HD simulcast for a little over a year, the network had been preparing itself for an eventual HD launch for nearly three years.
"From the video we've seen so far, it's incredible," Mr. Hesskamp