The five HD channels from German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 will broadcast free-to-air over the Easter period. From April 18 until April 21, viewers with an HD TV and receiver, and a dish for Astra 19.2°E, will be able to watch Pro7, Sat.1, Kabel Eins, Sixx and ProSieben Maxx in high definition without any viewing card.
Disney Channel HD will launch on German high definition satellite platform, HD+ on January 17. The family and kids channel will be the 16th channel to join the platform.
Nearly 2.9 million households are now watching the German HD+ high definition satellite platform, including more than 1.2 million paying the €50 annual service fee following their 12-month free trial period.
The World’s largest LED TV is now available to buy in Europe. On sale in the UK, the Sharp Aquos LC-90LE757 has a colossal 90in (230cm) screen and is designed to be watched from as close as 3.5m by those who like their viewing completely immersive.
UK pay-TV platform, Sky is launching a summer channel dedicated to coverage of cricket and the ‘Ashes’ Test Series between England and Australia. Broadcasting for 63 days in both HD and SD, in place of the Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD channels, Sky Sports Ashes will screen men's, women's and youth matches including live ball-by-ball coverage of the Ashes.
Live coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championships (from June 24) will not only be available free-to-air on the BBC One and BBC Two channels in both SD and HD but also to satellite viewers in three additional live feeds via the BBC’s interactive ‘red button’ services.
More than 1 million German homes are now paying the €50 annual service fee to receive the HD+ high definition satellite platform, with almost 2 million more receiving the HD channels in their 12-month free trial period. At the end of 2012 over 944,000 were paying the fee, more than double the number a year previously.
German pop and rock video channel, Deluxe Music has launched a high definition version as part of the HD+ platform of German HD channels on ASTRA 19.2°E. Deluxe Music HD is the 15th channel to join HD+, alongside Comedy Central HD, DMAX HD, kabel eins HD, N24 HD, Nickelodeon HD, ProSieben HD, RTL HD, RTL II HD, SUPER RTL HD, Sat.1 HD, sixx HD, SPORT1 HD, Tele 5 HD, and Vox HD.
German free-to-view HD satellite platform, HD+ is now received in over 2.8 million households, with more than 760,000 households paying the €50 annual fee after the expiration of their 12-month free trial of the service (an increase of nearly 285% year-on-year).
HD receivers (for HD+ and for Sky Deutschland HD) now make up 50% of all satellite set-top boxes sold in Germany and HD+ expects 1 million fee-paying HD+ viewers by the end of this year.
HD+, the German free-to-view encrypted high definition platform, is now viewed in over 2.6 million homes – more than three times the number receiving the service a year ago. About 2.1 million households are currently enjoying the 12-month free trial period, with over 500,000 paying the €50 HD+ annual service fee. HD+ expects there to be 1 million fee-paying HD+ viewers by the end of this year.