Imagenio to launch HD by year end

Telefonica's IPTV service, Imagenio, plans to launch its first HD services by the end of the year. The company is currently carrying out HD tests in Madrid and Barcelona through ADSL 2+ networks, using MPEG 4 to encrypt the signals. The idea is to take advantage of the traditional Christmas demand for HD-ready screens to launch the new services.

The telco group is also carrying out several HD tests on different platforms (DTT and DTH), along with Hispasat, RTVE, Astra, Sogecable, UPM, Fresh IT, Televes, and HyC, all of them members of the Consortium Interactive High Definition (ADI, in Spanish), which was created to boost the development of HD in the country.