Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland KDG has reached agreement to carry three public HD channels on is network, Das Erste HD, ZDF HD and Arte HD.
The Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has announced it has expanded its HD offer for Spain and Portugal, doubling the number of channels available to the markets.
Eutelsat’s KabelKiosk, Germany’s cable headend-in-the-sky, has announced the immediate launch of the RTL HD and Vox HD channels from Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.
Humax has partnered with ANT in the release of its first HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband) receiver.
LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens Semiconductor have announced that they intend to launch a cross-industry alliance to promote and standardize the HDBaseT technology for distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content.
High definition television will be the new driver for SES-Astra, said CEO Ferdinand Kayser to the Handelsblatt newspaper. Following the launch of the HD+ platform on November 1, the satellite operator expects to sign a number of new HD contract with various German broadcasters.
SES-Astra has unveiled more details on its German language consumer website about the HD+ service which launches on November 1.
SES Astra has confirmed the November 1 launch of its new HD platform HD+ and said viewers will receive the first 12 months for free.
MTV Networks Germany and the sports broadcaster DSF are talking to SES Astra about joining the HD+ platform for the German speaking market, according to a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The first five HD+ receivers will hit German retail outlets before the end of the year. Three manufacturers – Technisat, Technotrend and Humax – are ready to deliver the sets, which have an integrated HD+ card reader.