SES to expand German HD+ platform

Jörn Krieger | 04-11-2013

Astra satellite operator SES wants to expand its platform HD+ on which the HD versions of commercial free-to-air TV channels are distributed to direct-to-home (DTH) households in Germany for a fee.

"We are in very advanced discussions with broadcasters who plan an HD distribution through HD+," Wilfried Urner, CEO of HD Plus, said. He didn't disclose, however, which new channels will join the platform.

In autumn 2013, HD+ Replay will be expanded by the catch-up portals of TV channels Sat.1, ProSieben and kabel eins - which was originally announced for summer. The service, which enables viewers to watch selected TV programmes in full length on their TV screen after they have been broadcast, already contains the catch-up portals of RTL, VOX, Super RTL and n-tv. While the channels' catch-up platforms are available free of charge on the Internet, HD+ Replay charges a fee for access.

In Q3 2013, HD+ gained 87,899 new paying customers - less than in Q2 2013 in which 89,183 new customers were added. On 30 September, HD+ had 1.28 million paying customers. In total, 2.68 million households use HD+ of which 1.4 million are in the free-of-charge 12-month trial period.