Astra's HD+ to add three new channels

Jörn Krieger | 07-02-2014

HD+, the German DTH satellite platform carrying the HD versions of commercial TV channels, will add three further channels to its line-up on 16 April: RTL Nitro HD, ProSieben Maxx HD and n-tv HD.

The subsidiary of Astra satellite operator SES will then distribute a total of 19 HD channels on its encrypted platform on Astra (19.2° East). The latest addition was Disney Channel HD on 17 January.

As the channel portfolio has constantly been expanded since its launch on 1 November 2009, but the operative costs have risen, HD+ will increase its access fee on 6 May for the first time: The price for a one-year extension of HD+ will rise from €50 to €60 and the price for an HD+ smartcard from €55 to €65.

At the same time, a new payment model will be introduced. From 6 May, customers will be able to decide whether they want to make use of the current prepaid solution or a new subscription model.

The subscription can only be signed up for at the HD+ website and costs €5 per month with a minimum contract period of one year. The prepaid option continues to be available at local retailers and on the HD+ Web shop.

In addition, from 16 April, users of HD+ will be able to fast-forward recordings made from Sat.1 HD, ProSieben HD, kabel eins HD, sixx HD and ProSieben Maxx HD with their HD+ receiver.

At the end of 2013, HD+ had 1.4 million paying customers – an increase of 49% within 12 months. In Q4 2013 alone, 131,771 new customers were added. However, this rise is lower than in Q4 2012 in which HD+ recorded 183,537 new customers. Another 1.3 million households were in the 12-month free period at the end of 2013. Thus, HD+ reached a total of 2.7 million households at the end of 2013.