KabelKiosk launches HD package
Written by Jörn Krieger
Sunday, 24 January 2010 10:02

kabelkioskEutelsat’s German direct-to-cable platform KabelKiosk will launch its HDTV package with commercial channels RTL HD and VOX HD. The contract with Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland has now been signed, Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen announced at the satellite operator’s annual reception in Berlin.

KabelKiosk’s partners can now commence distributing RTL HD and VOX HD on their networks, with the signal fed to cable head-ends from Eurobird 9 (9° East). Both channels, which so far have only been available to DTH households on SES Astra’s platform HD+, will thereby enter the cable market for the first time.

“The development of television will be closely associated with the quality and enhanced experience brought by HDTV”, said Martina Rutenbeck, managing director of Eutelsat Germany. “We are delighted to welcome RTL HD and VOX HD onto the KabelKiosk platform as we believe their compelling content will be a real driving force for the success of HDTV in Germany. The launch of this new offer is further evidence of our commitment to innovative new products that contribute to powering digitisation of cable networks in Germany.”

KabelKiosk wants to expand its HD line-up in the next months to up to ten German and international free-to-air and pay-TV channels, and negotiations are currently underway. The company supplies more than 110 digital channels in German and other languages to 250 partners in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Denmark.