VOOM HD Networks has made a play for the gammer set with the launch of Gameplay HD, a high-definition channel dedicated solely to video game-related programming. Available nationally on DISH Networks, the outlet features industry news, original series, specials and tournaments and competitions.
Voom has inked a deal with CNET Networks’ Gamespot to co-create two new series for the channel. GameSpotting will be a half-hour show focused on news, reviews and previews, while the hour-long CinemAddicts will tell animated stories featuring characters and graphics from next-generation video games. Titles to be included in the show are Condemmed: Criminal Origins and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones.
Gameplay HD will also feature the science-fiction series Ice Planet,
which will blend action, adventure and horror to delve into questions about the human condition, societal decline and choices that mankind currently faces. Meanwhile, The Art of Play will give viewers an up-close and personal look at next-gen titles with gameplay footage, cinematic clips and information on each title’s missions and characters.
Mark DeAngelis has taken the reins as VP of programming for the new network. Before joining VOOM, he served as VP of creative services at Rainbow Media and worked as an independent producer for 15 years, collaborating on projects for music icons Madonna and the Rolling Stones, among others.