Kuwait TV adds Al-Qurain channel to its HD platform

Kuwait TV’s new Al-Qurain TV channel has launched on its free-to-air HD platform, hosted on the Eutelsat 8 West B satellite. The official Kuwaiti state broadcaster announced the news at Cabsat Dubai today. Eutelsat’s long-term partner, Gulfsat, provides the capacity used by Kuwait TV. “The addition of Al-Qurain TV to Kuwait TV’s platform is indicative […]

HD+ first to launch major rollout of Nagra’s TVkey

Germany’s HD+ satellite service is to implement the first major rollout for Nagra’s TVkey product that allows consumers to view programming including 4K and HDR TV services directly on newer model Samsung TVs without a set-top box. The SES-backed service will offer the TVkey free of charge to subscribers for a promotional period. Buyers of […]

Eutelsat reaches 1,000 HD channel milestone

Satellite operator Eutelsat now claims to offer more than 1,000 channels in high definition, following the launch of Chinese channel CGTN HD in Europe earlier this month. Eutelsat said that HD TV continues to gain ground across its broadcast satellites, with 240 HD channels launched in 2016 – equalling the total number launched during the […]

SES’s HD+ service passes 2m customers in Germany

SES’s satellite TV offering HD+ passed the two million subscribers mark in Germany last year, according to company stats. SES said that the service had some 2.11 subscribers as of December 31, 2016, up 15% year-on-year. On top of this, SES said there are currently 850,000 households in the free HD+ test phase, bringing the total […]

Discovery taps MX1 as Eurosport1 HD joins HD+

Discovery 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 […]

Deutsche Telekom to stream 360-degree Chili Peppers concert

Deutsche Telekom is due to air a 360-degree live-stream of the Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert, in what it claims is a first-of-its-kind broadcast in Germany. The operator will stream the HD immersive footage from the Chili Peppers’ September 6 gig at the Kraftwerk Berlin events space. The footage will be accessible with a […]

Turner launches HD, dual language kids network feeds in MENA

Turner is launching high definition and dual language options for its Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels in the Middle East and North Africa. From this month the channels will be available in English and Arabic in the MENA region exclusively on beIN for DTH satellite customers and on compatible IPTV platforms. “We are thrilled to […]

Al Jazeera Balkans joins Team:Sat platform

Al Jazeera Balkans is joining the Team:Sat TV platform operated by Team:Media and will broadcast exclusively in HD, free-to-air, from the Eutelsat 16A satellite. The news was announced at the NEM event in Dubrovnik and the channel is due to launch in HD on the television platform on July 1. Al Jazeera Balkans, which first […]

Channel 5 to launch in HD on Freeview

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 is due to launch in high definition (HD) on free-to-air digital platform, Freeview, on May 4. Announcing the move, the Viacom-owned network said that Channel 5 HD will also be available on the Freesat, YouView, BT and TalkTalk platforms, in addition to its existing position on the Sky and Virgin […]

A+E Networks UK extends BT deal

A+E Networks UK has signed a new carriage deal with BT TV, in a move that will see new HD channels for Lifetime and H2 launch later this year. Under the new partnership, Lifetime will move to BT’s basic pay package, ‘Entertainment Starter’. The deal also secures the long-term availability on BT of A+E’s channel […]