Will MTV’s high-def network stay put in Vail?
VAIL – Plans are in the works to decide what happens next with the TV studio atop Vail Mountain.MTV and Vail Resorts are talking about whether MTV’s high definition network, MHD, will return next year.Vail Resorts is considering uses for the studio for the summer, and also for the winter if MHD doesn’t come back.”We have a bunch of ideas,” said Jennifer MacLure, spokeswoman for Vail Resorts. “We are waiting to hear back from MTV so we can review all of our options.”Mariana Agathoklis, a spokeswoman for MHD, said MTV execs are meeting with officials from Vail Resorts this week.”There’s nothing set in stone yet,” Agathoklis said.MHD is available on Cox Cable, and MTV is in discussions with other cable distributors to add MHD to their lineups, Agathoklis said. The station wasn’t available in Eagle County, but TV8 did show footage from the network, but not in high definition.”The biggest challenge is distribution and making sure the channel is on as many carriers and locations as possible,” MacLure said.MHD doesn’t have a summer studio, Agathoklis said.Live actsJames Blunt, Yellowcard, Jamie Cullum and The Fray performed locally for MHD this year. Host George Oliphant also skied with musicians on Vail Mountain.”They were out on the mountain a ton,” MacLure said.Vail announced the partnership in November, saying it was seeking to market itself with 18- to 34-year-olds. MHD started broadcasting in January from the studio, which had views of Mount of the Holy Cross as well as skiers on Eagle’s Nest Ridge and Game Creek Bowl.Former University of Colorado football player and Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom also hosted some programming at MHD.High-definition television sets provide sharper pictures and better sound than traditional analog sets. There is a push under way to convert televisions to the new digital, high-definition sets.
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