RTL and Eutelsat launch MPEG-4 package

German broadcast group Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will launch its DTT package in the Leipzig/Halle region on 7 December.

The bouquet, which is completely encrypted in Conax, comprises free-to-air channels RTL, RTL II, VOX and Super RTL along with pay-TV services RTL Crime and Passion.

As the compression technology MPEG-4 is used, viewers will need new set-top-boxes for reception, which are available from local retailers for 99. The DTT receivers currently on the market are only MPEG-2-compliant. While free-to-air TV channels will be available at no charge, reception of the two pay-TV services will cost 2.99 per month with the first year offered free.

Marketing, encryption, smartcard activation and customer management services are handled by Eutelsat's German subsidiary visAvision which also operates the direct-to-cable platform KabelKiosk. The offer, which is branded Viseo+, has been available in Stuttgart since 15 October.