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ZEEL to launch Marathi HD channels, Bangla to follow next

MUMBAI: Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd ( ZEEL) is all set to launch Marathi high-definition (HD) channels Zee Marathi HD and Zee Talkies HD.

Zee Talkies HD is slated to launch on 15 October. The date for launch of Zee Marathi HD is not confirmed.

Zee_Entertainment_Enterprises-techThe HD channels are likely to be mirrors of their standard-definition (SD) versions. Zee Marathi and Zee Talkies are a GEC and a movie channel respectively.

The network has secured deals with leading direct-to-home (DTH) platforms like Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV, Videocon d2h and Tata Sky.

TelevisionPost.com had earlier reported that ZEEL would launch regional HD channels in Marathi, Bengali and Telugu.

Also on the anvil are HD versions of Bengali GEC Zee Bangla and movie channel Zee Bangla Cinema.

The broadcaster had recently received clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) to launch Zee Marathi HD, Zee Talkies HD, Zee Bangla HD, and Zee Bangla Cinema HD.

The regional TV space is witnessing a spurt in the number of new HD channels. Star India had earlier launched HD versions of Star Pravah, Star Vijay, Star Jalsha and Jalsha Movies. Viacom18 also launched Colors Marathi HD, Colors Kannada HD and Colors Bangla HD.