The main channels from public broadcaster NPO and the commercial channels from RTL Nederland and SBS Broadcasting will in the future only be available in HD from the Astra 3 position at 23.5 degrees East. The move was first reported in Broadband TV News last November.
RTL 7 and Net5 will be the first to be removed on March 22, followed by NPO 3 and RTL 5 on May 2. No dates has been set yet for the end of tha Astra 1 SD transmissions of NPO 1, NPO 2, RTL 4 and SBS6, but this will happen before the end of 2015. At the same time, Canal Digitaal is ending usage of the Mediaguard 2 encryption system.
Four other channels, RTL 8, Veronica, SBS9 and RTL Z are already only available in HD from Astra 3.
Canal Digitaal subscribers who have a legacy satellite receiver and/or a Mediaguard 2 smart card will be offered an alternative.