The ProsiebenSat.1 Group has signed a long-term capacity contract for one transponder with SES Astra. The new transponder will be used to broadcast four new HD channels for the Austrian market.

The German private broadcaster will launch HD versions of its main Austrian commercial channels Sat.1 Österreich HD, ProSieben Austria HD, Kabel eins austria HD and the Austrian commercial channel Puls 4 HD.

The new HD offer for Austria will be marketed by AustriaSat, a full subsidiary of the M7 Group, as part of the HDaustria package for all satellite households with an ORF smartcard. Astra Platform Services will handle the uplink to the ASTRA satellite system, HD encoding and signal encryption.

Austria remains one of the most dynamic markets in Europe for HD television. With the launch of four additional HD channels, satellite TV viewers in Austria will soon be able to receive 21 German-language HD channels via Astra.