New York/Japan – Following the September debut of HISTORY HD in Asia, the channel launched October 1 in Japan. HISTORY HD will be managed, programmed and operated by The History Channel Japan Corp., a joint venture of A&E Television Networks (AETN) and Super-Network, Inc. Channel will broadcast 100 percent HD content, in the Japanese language, featuring a mix of local programming, plus series and specials from the History catalogue. Shows set to air on the channel are Cities of the Underworld, The Universe, Ancient Discoveries, Ice Road Truckers and Project X, a local production. Tatsuo Suzuki, president of Super-Network said the HD launch further strengthens the position of the History brand in the still developing Japanese multi-channel market. Alan Hodges, managing director, Asia Pacific, AETN said, “Japan has been a leader in the development of High Definition Television, and viewers are very savvy about the format. We believe HISTORY HD is critical to keeping our leadership position in factual entertainment in Japan.”