German DTH platform HD+ and its parent company SES will open their joint Ultra HD showcase channel UHD1 to all DTH satellite households on Astra (19,2° East) during the Christmas holiday period.
The channel will be unencrypted 24 hours per day between December 24, 2015 and January 3, 2016. This will enable viewers with Ultra HD TV sets to receive the programmes between 20.00 and 08.00 CET (on Sundays and public holidays between 14.00 and 08.00 CET) normally encrypted and only accessible by HD+ customers.
“In many living rooms a new UHD TV set will be under the Christmas tree. However, the number of UHD channels in Germany is still very small. Our recommendation: UHD1 by Astra/HD+”, said Georges Agnes, managing director operations and product development at HD+.
“We want to make viewers with an UHD TV set a special Christmas present and will present UHD1 completely unencrypted during the extended holiday period, enabling viewers to enjoy today the TV experience of tomorrow.”
During daytime UHD1 mainly targets retailers with short clips to illustrate the new TV standard while the evening window provides HD+ customers with action, lifestyle, documentary and chill-out programmes.
On New Year’s Eve at midnight CET, UHD1 will show the first fireworks in Ultra HD. The channel which launched in September 2015 can be received on Astra on the frequency 10.994 GHz H (SR 22,000, FEC 9/10).