The Dutch DTH platform Canal Digitaal will add Voom HD and the kids channel JimJam to its line-up from June onwards. The operator will drop the Private Spice channel, it told its dealers in a mailing. With the addition of Voom HD, the line-up of HD on the platform will consist of Discovery HD, National Geographic HD, BravaHD and – from the summer – Nederland 1 HD.
Earlier, Canal Digitaal dropped the BBC Prime channel following the withdrawal of the channel from the CEE market by the BBC. The British broadcaster plans to introduce its new portfolio of digital channels, including BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle and BBC Knowledge, in CEE.
Canal Digital used the signal from UPC Direct with simulcrypt technology. Many subscribers to the Dutch DTH package protested against the disappearance of Prime.
UPC Nederland has said it will start distributing Voom HD to its HD customers as part of the basic HD tier.