Cablecom takes ARD, ZDF in HD
Written by Jörn Krieger
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 11:00

Swiss cable operator Cablecom will distribute the HD channels which German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF will launch on February 12 on the occasion of the Winter Olympics. The services will form part of the basic package which cable customers can receive at no additional charge.

The basic package currently comprises HD suisse, ARTE HD, Anixe HD and BBC HD. “I am delighted that, with Das Erste HD and ZDF HD, we will be able to offer our customers two TV channels in the best picture and sound quality which are very well-known and popular in Switzerland,” said Koen Verwee, Vice President Marketing & Product Management at Cablecom, in Zurich. He added that Cablecom’s network will then carry a total of ten TV channels in high-definition.

Besides the six free-to-air services, customers can subscribe to pay-TV package Cablecom HD for CHF7.50 (€5) per month which contains Eurosport HD, Discovery HD, National Geographic HD and Classica HD.

Cablecom’s ADSL competitor Swisscom will also distribute Das Erste HD and ZDF HD on its IPTV platform Swisscom TV, with Austrian TV channel Servus TV, operated by energy drink manufacturer Red Bull, being another addition in February. The new channels will form part of the basic package.