Dutch PSBs go HD on satellite

By Robert Briel
December 7, 2009 09.33 UK

The HD versions of the thee Dutch public channels Nederland 1, 2 and 3 will become available on the DTH platform Canal Digitaal Satelliet on March 331, 2010, at the latest. The channels will be available free-to-view.

At the moment, only Nederland 3 HD is available on satellite. The other two channels will be added when Canal Digitaal (CDS) has re-arranged its bouquet of thematic channel on a transponder at Astra at 23.5 degrees East. Currently broadcast in MEPG2, the thematic channels will switch to MPEG4 in order to make bandwidth available for the additional HD channels.

Dutch viewers are entitled to free reception of the SD versions of the public broadcasters with a smart card from CDS. The same procedure will be used for the reception of the three public HD channels.