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Discovery taps MX1 as Eurosport1 HD joins HD+

Eurosport-1HDDiscovery Networks Germany has turned to SES’s media services unit MX1 to handle technical services and satellite transmission of the Eurosport 1HD channel on HD+, SES’s German HD platform.

MX1’s services include encoding, uplink and delivery in HD via the Astra satellite platform at 19.2° East.

The Eurosport 1 HD channel was added to the HD+ package on December 1, increasing the latter’s encrypted HDTV offering to 23 channels, in addition to 35 free-to-air HD channels.

“We are very pleased to support Discovery Networks Germany in making Eurosport 1HD available for HD+ customers via satellite. Satellite dissemination offers networks such as Discovery a reliable way to reach a large number of eyeballs throughout Germany. MX1 services contribute to broadcasters being able to present their content in the best possible quality and on every screen,” said Christoph Mühleib, vice-president, sales and marketing, DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) at SES.

“Our viewers want programmes rich in content and delivered in top quality. By incorporating Eurosport 1HD into the HD+ offer, we now provide our satellite customers with another channel in our portfolio, thanks to our longtime partner MX1. MX1 is a one-stop shop that offers us a comprehensive range of highly optimised media services, as well as unrivalled distribution services for our video content,” said Alberto Horta, acting CEO and vice-president, strategy and commercial development, Discovery Networks Deutschland.