Significant increase in number of HD Channels on Astra
Monday, February 12th, 2007

SES Astra has announced today that the number of High Definition (HD) channels broadcast via the Astra Satellite System has increased significantly. Astra today transmits 26 HD channels across Europe (24 at year-end 2006), including HD offerings from BSkyB, Discovery, National Geographic and History Channel from the UK, CANAL+, M6 and TF1 from France and Premiere, ProSieben, Sat1 and Anixe from Germany.

Meanwhile, the total number of HD channels in Europe has increased to 36 at year-end 2006, compared to six in 2005*. By 2010, the number of HD channels is expected to have quadrupled to around 160 different channels. SES Astra expects to transmit around 100 HD channels by 2010. According to industry estimates, nearly 9 million households in Western Europe are expected to watch HDTV over satellite in 2010*, representing 60 per cent of all expected HDTV households.

(Source: SES-ASTRA)