'Fraggle Rock' Returning to HBO in HD10 Oct, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
The Jim Henson Company Oct. 10 announced that renowned children’s television series “Fraggle Rock” has been digitally re-mastered in HD and will return at the end of this year on HBO, which was the original home of the series when it premiered in 1983.
The series was re-mastered by Los Angeles-based post-production and film restoration studio illuminate, using proprietary technology that uses algorithms to provide a completely new way to create HD images.
“In re-mastering the series, illuminate has created a contemporary look — sharpening the images, cleaning up the contrast, increasing the vibrancy of the colors and re-formatting for widescreen,” Richard Goldsmith, EVP of global distribution for The Jim Henson Company, said in a statement.
Hulu, which is 10% owned by HBO parent Time Warner, in 2013 acquired rights to 10 Henson series, including “Fraggle Rock.” The subscription streaming service launched an original kids series, “Doozers,” from Henson in 2014.
Last year, HBO secured exclusive broadcast rights to “Sesame Street,” following the venerable children’s brand’s 45-year stint on PBS.
“Fraggle Rock” has endured a storied home entertainment history, including various anniversary releases.
Fraggle Rock: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition DVD boxed set was released by Gaiam Vivendi in 2013, which is now owned by Cinedigm.
Previously, the brand was distributed by Lionsgate, which released Fraggle Rock: 25th Anniversary Collection (DVD) in 2008.