SES Astra launches new HD offer in Germany
June 5th, 2009

SES Astra announced today the launch of a new TV offer in High Definition (HD) in Germany. The service with the label HD+ will offer new HD programmes to TV households. The first programmes which will be part of the HD+ offer are the commercial channels RTL and VOX. Relevant agreements have been signed with the Media Group RTL Germany. RTL has contracted additional long-term transponder capacity for the transmission of the new HD programmes from Astra’s prime orbital position 19.2 degrees East.

HD+ is independent from TV operators and offers the technical management and the marketing of HD programmes for all broadcasters. The technical management includes the distribution of the smart cards that are necessary for the reception. SES Astra will start negotiations with other channels to enlarge the offer. HD+ complements the broad digital programme offer that is available already today on Astra. The launch of HD+ is foreseen for late autumn.

(Source: SES Astra)