HD+ is Coming to Sky Subscribers in Germany

Monday, April 11th, 2011 
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Starting this summer, Sky subscribers with satellite reception and a Sky HD receiver will receive the commercial free TV channels offered by HD+

LUXEMBOURG — SES ASTRA, an SES company (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG), announced today that its German HD offer HD+ that comprises commercial free TV channels will also be available on HD receivers for subscribers of the German pay TV package Sky. Starting this summer, all Sky Deutschland (XETRA: SKYD.DE) satellite subscribers equipped with a Sky HD receiver can watch commercial free TV channels in HD quality offered via HD+ with their existing Sky satellite HD receivers and their smart cards and without changes to their technical parameters.

HD+ today carries eight commercial free-TV channels in HD: RTL HD, SAT.1 HD, ProSieben HD, VOX HD, kabel eins HD, RTL II HD, SPORT 1 HD and sixx HD. The channels are broadcast encrypted and are available for a technical service fee of 50 euros per year. The free trial period for the HD+ reception is up to twelve months.

Ferdinand Kayser, President and CEO of SES ASTRA, said: “Our cooperation with Sky significantly extends the technical reach of HD+ and adds another highly attractive target group with a strong affinity to premium programmes and high end technologies like HDTV. The cooperation with Sky and the increase of our technical reach underpin the high attractiveness of the HD+ offer for broadcasters and viewers, and confirm that our concept of a neutral technical platform available to all viewers and platforms is successful.”