ESPN and KPN have sigend an agreement which will bring ESPN America HD on the KPN Interactieve Televisie IPTV platform from tomorrow (September 1).
Sonnenklar.tv will be the third HD shopping channel on Astra when it launches on September 1. QVC HD and HSE24 HD have already announced their satellite launch on the same date and 19.2 degrees East orbital position.
Eutelsat KabelKiosk, the headend-in-the-sky platform for cable networks in Europe, has announced the addition of two more HD channels – Trace Sports HD and Trace Urban HD – to its line-up.
The German home shopping channel HSE24 will launch an HD version on the Astra position at 19.2 degrees East on September 1. The broadcasts will be free to air with full 24 hours a day of programming.
ARD, the umbrella organisation of the German public broadcasters, has announced that its three thematic digital channels EinsFestival, EinsPlus and EinsExtra will start their HD simulcasts in 2014.
Three years after the launch of the fulltime HD transmissions of its flagship channel, Austrian public broadcaster ORF has said that 700,000 people now watch their two HD channels.
Since the launch of the HD channels by German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF a year ago, sales of HD capable flat screens have skyrocketed, according to figures from BITKOM, the German association of high tech companies.