CanalSat is launching HD versions of three of the Canal+ channels already broadcasting in standard definition to subscribers in France. From October 12, Canal+ Cinéma, Canal+ Décalé and Canal+ Family will be offering films and general entertainment programmes in high definition, and bringing the number of HD channels available to CanalSat subscribers to 19 – including Arte, Brava, Canal+, Canal+ Sport, CineCinema Premiere, Discovery, Disney Cinemagic, Eurosport, France 2, M6, MTV, National Geographic, SyFy Universal, TF1, Ushaia, and 13eme Rue
At the end of October, ESPN America is launching an HD version of its US sports channel to subscribers of Sky Deutschland. ESPN America HD will show over 500 top US sports events including NFL American football, Major League Baseball and NHL ice hockey.
Both CanalSat and Sky Deutschland broadcast from the ASTRA satellites at 19.2°E.
From October 5, MTV Networks will launch the first HD version in Europe of children’s channel, Nickelodeon, for UK viewers. The new HD channel joins the MTVN HD and Comedy Central HD channels in the Sky UK pay-TV package and broadcasts from the ASTRA satellites at 28.2°E.