German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland continues the HD offensive launched in November 2018 in the DTH satellite market and commences SD switch-off on the two largest cable networks.
Vodafone and Unitymedia customers subscribing to basic packages Sky Starter and Sky Entertainment will be able to watch the following channels in HD quality from October 8, 2019: Sky Krimi HD, Disney Junior HD, Beate Uhse.TV HD, 13th Street HD, Syfy HD and Universal TV HD. Sky Krimi HD will also become available to DTH satellite households on Astra (19.2° East).
Vodafone and Unitymedia cable customers with a Sky Sport subscription will also receive Sky Sport 6 HD and Sky Sport 7 HD. Two HD channels will be added to the Bundesliga package: Sky Sport Bundesliga 5 HD and Sky Sport Bundesliga 6 HD.
The new and existing HD channels will replace the corresponding SD versions from October 8. SD channels that have not been converted to HD will remain available in SD resolution.
The following channels of the Sky Starter and Sky Entertainment packages will no longer be available in SD at Vodafone and Unitymedia, but exclusively in HD from October 8: Disney Junior, Beate Uhse.TV, 13th Street, Syfy, Universal TV, Fox, TNT Series, NatGeo Wild, Sky 1, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Sky Krimi as well as Sky Atlantic (only via Sky Entertainment).
The transition to HD will be free of charge and automatic for customers with Sky set-top box. Subscribers receiving the channels with a CI+ module or third-party receiver may have to perform a channel search.