Besides providing programs in widescreen (16:9) format, HD signals offer up-to five times the quality of standard definition (SD) television. Cinemax HD channels typically include 5.1 Dolby Digital sound capabilities, meaning that HD broadcasts can provide the same cinema-quality sound that home-theater owners enjoy with DVDs.
HD offerings vary from place to place. To see which Cinemax channels are offered in HD in your area, click here or check with your local service provider.
If you don't see the Cinemax channels you are looking for in HD, please contact your local service provider and tell them you are eager to receive them.
You'll need an HD TV set to display the HD picture (standard-definition televisions can not display HD signals) and an HD source (set top box, receiver, etc.) to provide the signal to your TV screen. If you already have an HD TV set, simply ask your service provider to swap your current set-top box for a new HD set top box or receiver so that you will be able to receive Cinemax in HD.
The Cinemax HD channels are presented in a format called 1080-line interlaced (1080i).
A majority of theatricals and an increasing amount of Cinemax Reel Life content (which includes independent documentaries) and Cinemax After Dark series, all air in true HD.
Programming that is created in 1080i HD is labeled "True HD". Any program not originally produced in HD is upconverted by Cinemax to the 1080i format.
No. Your current standard-definition service will continue unaffected. The new HD offerings will appear on new, separate channels, which you can add to your existing service by contacting your local service provider.
All of the Cinemax channels are now available in HD and SD; this includes the following:
The HD channels have their own distinct channel numbers--but the programming schedule is the same as the SD channels. This means your favorite shows will air at the same time on two channels (one in HD and the other in SD). If you don't see the Cinemax channels you are looking for in HD, please contact your local service provider and tell them you are eager to receive them.