Kabelkiosk to launch 8 – 10 HD channels

By Robert Briel | May 26, 2009 | 14:12 UK

ANGA CABLE 2009 – COLOGNE. Eutelsat Kabelkiosk plans to launch a bouquet of between 8 and 10 HD channels in the third quarter of the year.

The German headend-in-the-sky service will offer the bouquet at a price point of around 15 euros and will comprise of a documentary channel, sports, lifestyle, music (both serious and modern) and a youth channel.

“Since we are still talking to the various channels we cannot name them,” said Martina Rutenbeck, CEO of Kabelkiosk. A launch is intended during this year’s consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, where HD will be the main theme.

Kabelkiosk is also launching a push-VOD service before the end of the year, using the DVB standard. “We expect to launch a real VOD service based on IP technology at a later point,” said Rutenbeck. At the moment Kabelkiosk is looking at various solutions and consumer set-tops for the service.

In June, Kabelkiosk said it will extend its current Family XL tier with ten additional channels. These will include the German version of the Travel Channel, the US based channels America Unleashed and Total Hip Hop, VH1 Classic, Animax, Nick Jr, the erotic channel Lust Pur plus three more channels to be announced.