Following Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, German media company ProSiebenSat.1 has also decided to continue broadcasting its free-TV channels unencrypted in SD resolution via the Astra satellite system (19.2 degrees East).
The free-TV channels of German commercial broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will continue to be available in SD quality unencrypted via Astra (19.2° East) until at least 2024.
German public broadcaster ARD wants to terminate the DTH satellite transmission of its TV channels in standard definition (SD) on Astra (19.2° East).
German public broadcaster ZDF will continue to transmit its TV channels ZDF, ZDFinfo and ZDFneo in standard definition (SD) on Astra (19.2° East) in addition to HD resolution until at least 2020.
17.6 million TV households in Germany received HD television at the end of 2014 – an increase by 24% within 12 months (2013: 14.2 million).
Switzerland’s public radio and television broadcaster SRG SSR will transmit its TV channels solely in high definition (HD) via satellite in future.
German home-shopping broadcaster pearl.tv will offer its channel in standard definition (SD) on Astra (19.2 degrees East) again from August 1, 2014.