Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 19-09-2011

Germany's largest cable TV operator Kabel Deutschland is to add six commercial HD channels Sat.1 HD, ProSieben HD, kabel eins HD, sixx HD, Sport1 HD and Servus TV HD to its cable network on 5 October 2011.

In a further boost to the HD proposition, in December 2011 two new HD pay-TV channels will join the line-up whose details the company wants to unveil shortly.

With the latest increase, the total number of HD channels will rise to 26 by the end of the year. Additionally, all cable customers can continue to receive unencrypted and without additional charge the public broadcasters' HD channels.

According to Kabel Deutschland, talks continue with commercial broadcast group RTL about the carriage of its HD channels.

With the expansion of its HD line-up, the Munich based cable operator will focus its TV products on high-definition television. From 5 October 2011, all new customers of a cable subscription will get an HD receiver as the standard reception device which will replace the current conventional digital set-top-box (STB).

Alternatively, they can opt for a CI+ module through which they will be able to watch digital television using their flat-screen TV set without the need for a separate box.

At the same time, the standard cable subscription will be renamed "Kabelanschluss HD" ("cable subscription HD") and automatically contain up to six of the new commercial HD channels. The monthly subscription price will be €18.90. Existing customers can transfer to the new HD subscription for which they will have to pay a surcharge of up to €3 per month.