HD+ reaches half a million customers

Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 10-05-2012

HD+, the HDTV platform operated by Astra parent company SES in Germany, has exceeded the mark of half a million subscribers for the first time.

The service, which distributes commercial TV channels in high-definition on Astra (19.2° East), counted 513,207 paying customers on 31 March 2012.

One year ago, the figure amounted to 114,238. More than 2.1 million households received HD+ at the end of Q1 2012 within the 12 month free-of-charge trial period (31 March 2011: 655,187).

The technical reach meanwhile nears the 3 million mark: A total of 2.91 million HD+ compliant reception devices have been sold by the end of March. HD+ expects the number of paying customers to double to more than 1 million by the end of 2012.
The encrypted platform, which costs €50 per year after the initial free 12 months, contains the HD versions of 14 commercial German TV channels. The same channels remain available unencrypted and free-of-charge in standard definition on Astra