History HD, a high definition specialty channel from CanWest Broadcasting which launched in October, is now available from Shaw Direct.

The direct-to-home satellite broadcaster, formerly known as Star Choice, said History HD is the 58th HD channel in its line-up.

According to CanWest, History HD airs over 100 hours per week of native HD content including 90% of its primetime programming. Shows in HD include such series as Ice Road Truckers, Battles BC, Life After People, Cities of the Underworld, Ultimate Engineering, Outlaw Bikers and the upcoming Canwest history series, Ice Pilots NWT. The station also air movies such as Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, The Scorpion King and Braveheart in high def.

Beginning today, History Television HD will be available to Shaw Direct customers on 259/365 as part of Shaw Direct's HD Extra package.

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