SES providing capacity for Eurovision ultra HD World Cup coverage

Satellite operator SES has said it is distributing Eurovision ultra HD coverage of the football World Cup to North America, Latin America, Europe  and Asia via its satellites.  Eurovision is distributing matches live in Ultra HD to their global network using the NSS-806 satellite and SES’s teleport in Manassas. SES’s NSS-7 and SES-6 spacecraft are […]

Rohde & Schwarz debuts test and measurement for HD+

Technology provider Rohde & Schwarz has introduced test and measurement for equipment for HD+ – the SES HD platform for Germany.  According to Rohde & Schwarz, it has integrated the HD+ test suites developed by SES Platform Services into its BTC reference reference signal generator with audio/video analysis functions. The test suites provide a defined […]

TV4 Sport in HD

Swedish broadcaster TV4 has begun broadcasting its TV4 Sport channel in HD on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform.  TV4 Sport HD will be available to digital-terrestrial pay TV operator Boxer’s subscribers. The channel is broadcast in MPEG-4 and the DVB-T2 format.

ORF ups HD offering with additional Astra capacity

Austrian public broadcaster ORF is set to expand its high definition output after increasing its Astra satellite transponder capacity. ORF is taking an additional transponder on the orbital position 19.2 degrees East from SES-owned Astra satellite systems. With the new agreement, ORF will use a total of three transponders at this orbital slot. ORF will […]

Finns turn on to HD

Forty per cent of Finnish TV viewers surveyed by service provider DNA now watch HD channels, up from 28% in 2012. DNA said over half of cable viewers watched HD services compared to under a third of digital terrestrial viewers. DNA operates both cable and DTT networks. DNA’s survey found that only 15% of viewers […]

Disney expands HD offering in German-speaking region

Disney XD and Disney Junior are launching in HD in the German speaking region for the first time, with a launch on Swiss pay TV platform Teleclub. Disney XD and Disney Junior will be available in HD on Teleclub from February 5, carried on the Swisscom TV platform. The two channels will be part of […]

DNA to air new Yle HD services on cable

Finnish service provider DNA is to air HD versions of all four of the country’s public channels on its cable network. Earlier this month DNA said it would introduce Yle TV1 HD and Yle TV2 HD on its cable and terrestrial networks. The company will now add Yle Teema HD and Yle Fem HD to […]

Discovery plans HD simulcast for DStv

Discovery Communications is set to launch a high definition feed of the Discovery Channel for subscribers of the DStv pay TV platform in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.  The channel is due to launch in the first quarter of 2014 and will be a dedicated feed for DStv – meaning it will offer advertisers more […]

Cyfrowy Polsat takes more Eutelsat capacity for HD rollout

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has taken additional capacity on Eutelsat’s Hot Bird video neighbourhood to “further accelerate the availability of HD content” to its base of 3.5 million subscribers.  At the same time, Cyfrowy Polsat signed a multi-year deal to extend the lease of existing capacity from Eutelsat. With the new capacity, Cyfrowy […]

Rai to broadcast HD channels via TivùSat platform

Italian public broadcaster Rai is set to broadcast its three flagship channels – Rai 1, Rai 2 and Rai 3 – in HD on the TivùSat satellite platform after agreeing a deal with Eutelsat.  The free-to-air TivùSat platform transmits through Eutelsat’s Hot Bird satellites and reaches 1.7 million homes. Viewers will automatically receive Rai’s new HD channel […]