11.06 Europe/London, September 19, 2011 By Julian Clover

Eight new high definition channels are to be carried on the Kabel Deutschland (KDG) network, including six in the basic digital access package.

The initial six; ProSieben HD, Sat.1 HD, kabel eins HD, sixx HD, Sport1 HD and Servus TV will be carried from October 5, 2011. Two more channels are promised for the pay-TV package from December.

KDG is taking advantage of the additions to put in a €1 price increase to its B2C basic digital access package to €18.90 per month. There are also changes to the pricing for multi-dwelling units taking the KDG feed.

By the end of the year Kabel Deutschland plans to carry 26 HD channels over its network – Sky Deutschland is close to 40 – the KDG total does not include HD channels from RTL where negotiations are ongoing.