The HD versions will become available to Sky cable customers at no additional cost. On Sky receivers, the HD channels will automatically appear in the channel list; subscribers with a CI+ module or a third-party receiver may have to initiate a channel search.
The switch-off will take place on the cable networks of Vodafone Deutschland and on the former Unitymedia networks taken over by Vodafone.
An overview of the channels to be removed in SD resolution and to continue in HD only and of the new HD channels which will be added for cable customers is provided by Sky on a transition website (see screenshot). There won’t be any changes for Sky DTH satellite customers.
Sky was the first German TV broadcaster to commence SD switch-off via satellite in November 2018. In October 2019, Sky removed the first SD channels on the cable networks of Vodafone and Unitymedia in favour of HD-only distribution.