MTV HD France launches on Astra

SES Astra announced today the signature of a long term contract for the broadcast of MTVNHD, MTV Networks High Definition, in France. It will be broadcast 24-hours from 19.2 degrees East and is part of the HD option of CanalSat.

With MTVNHD, the number of HD channels distributed on the Astra Satellite System increases to 58. By the end of 2010, SES ASTRA expects to transmit around 100 HD channels.

Alexander Oudendijk, Chief Commercial Officer of SES Astra, said in a statement: “We are very pleased that MTV Networks continues the development of its HD programme via Astra. With the launch of MTVNHD in France, Astra further improves its impressive HD channel line-up and continues to build a very attractive neighbourhood on its main orbital positions.”

On Canalsat the HD offer now includes Canal+ HD, TF1 HD, France 2 HD, M6 HD, 13ème Rue HD, National Geographic Channel HD, Cine Cinema Premier HD, Ushuaïa HD, Sci-Fi HD and Disney Cinemagic HD. Eurosport HD will launch on CanalSat on December 7, 2008.