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Landscape Channel returns to Sky

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Relaxation network The Landscape Channel has returned to digital satellite television after a seven-year absence, with a new high definition channel also on the agenda.

After launching on European satellite platforms in 1989, The Landscape Channel aired a daily schedule featuring images of the natural world - including a fan favourite sequence depicting penguins in Antarctica - over instrumental and classical music.

However, the channel disappeared from the television radar in 2003 after its funding was withdrawn by its backers.

Landscape has now reappeared on Sky and Freesat, broadcasting a 14-hour daily schedule in standard definition across a bouquet of channels operated by Information TV.

The network is providing content for Information TV (channel 166), Showcase (channel 201) and Showcase 2 (channel 216) on Sky, and Information TV (channel 402) and Showcase (channel 403) on Freesat.

Over the past five years, Landscape has also been working on creating programmes in high definition towards the aim of launching a full HD channel in the future.

Landscape's chairman Nick Austin said that he has a vision of creating a universal and high quality relaxation channel for distribution around the world.

"We made a number of strategic mistakes the first time round. Now with the benefit of hindsight and a lot of water under the bridge we are getting it right this time," said Austin.

"I'm looking forward to seeing a few old friends again and making a few more in this business over the coming years."

Austin hopes to secure a block of airtime in the autumn for Landscape to continue broadcasting, while also holding talks for a full channel launch later in the year.

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