Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 19-09-2013
AB Group has confirmed that its 20 TV channels will all go HD as of January 2014 and over the first quarter, first on satellite and then on ADSL.
The first channels concerned will be those broadcast on Astra satellites as part of Canalsat's bouquet.
The evolution towards HD will later concern other satellite broadcasters as well as ADSL.
AB operates the channels AB1, AB3, AB4, AB Shopping, AB Moteurs, Action, Animaux, Chasse et Pêche, Ciné FX, Encyclo, Escales, Golf Channel France, Luck Jack.tv, Mangas, Polar, Toute l'Histoire, RTL9, RTL Shoppping, XXL and Dorcel TV.
AB Group boasts 64 million subscribers in France to all channels, including 13 million to RTL9, AB Moteurs and Lucky Jack, and ten million to AB1.
The group is also looking to extend its offer outside France with first planned distribution of Chasse & Pêche in Russia this year and of Animaux in English-speaking Africa.
On this continent, AB has also launched a 32-channels low cost offer called TV Sat Africa and targeting 200 million potential subs.
Regarding the group's VOD offer, Jook Vidéo, which launched in March, AB has indicated to the newsletter Satellifax it now totals 300,000 subs. The service is soon to be extended to LG connected TVs, then to Numericable next November and later to Bouygues and Orange.