Mezzoforte will be the name of the new dedicated HD channel from the French music broadcaster Mezzo, part of Lagardere Active.
The new channel will launch before the end of the year and will only broadcast native HD programming, including concert and opera recordings from around the world.
The existing Mezzo channel will introduce a new on-air identity in November at the same time as the channel will start broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen.
Also on the cards is a further expansion of the Mezzo VOD service, which is now available on platforms in Spain and Israel, but will now in addition be launched on the French cabler Numericable with other platform to follow. Mezzo VOD offers a selection of over 500 programmes.