Viewers of German commercial channel RTL using an HbbTV set-top box or smart TV can now access the Dooloop online music channel. Dooloop joins the Clipfish music channel on RTL’s free red button service but offers less charts-orientated music with track selection by genre.
Meanwhile, German regional broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk has launched its HbbTV portal to provide access to the HR Mediathek catch-up TV service, with some programmes available for up to 12 months after the original broadcast.
RTL and HR broadcast from the ASTRA 19.2°E satellites. The HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television) standard to integrate broadcast and online services was established by the HbbTV Association of companies including SES (operator of the ASTRA satellites).