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.
German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) will terminate the SD distribution of its English-language TV channel DW English on Eutelsat Hotbird (13° East) on September 30, 2019.
Discovery Deutschland will launch an HD version of its new free-to-air TV channel Home & Garden TV (HGTV) on July 11, 2019.
SPI/FilmBox’s Gametoon HD channel launches in Portugal in a new partnership with MEO.
German free-to-air entertainment channel Anixe will adopt the new name Anixe+ on July 1, 2019, add new programmes and launch a video-on-demand (VOD) service accessible via its red button catch-up TV portal (HbbTV).
The Croatian national transmission company OiV has launched HD test broadcasts in the DVB-T2 HEVC standard.
With a market share of 57%, DTH satellite remains the most-used TV reception method in Austria.
German music TV channel Deutsches Musik Fernsehen is now also available in HD quality on the cable network of Vodafone Deutschland.
German cable operator RFT Kabel wants to add an IPTV product to its portfolio and has opted for a partnership with IPTV service provider BrightBlue.
The Czech DTH and IPTV operator Digi TV will make the channels Viasat History, Viasat Nature and Viasat Explore available in HD from April 1.