major German broadcaster RTL2 will launch in high definition in early
December on HD+, SES ASTRA's direct-to-the home satellite platform in
The launch is the seventh commercial free-TV channel to
commit to HD+, which already carries RTL HD, Sat.1 HD, ProSieben HD, VOX
HD and kabel eins HD. Sport1 HD will go up on HD+ on November 1
followed by RTL2 in December.
"The launch of RTL2 HD will further
extend the program choice of HD+ and make it even more attractive,"
noted Wilfried Urner, managing director of HD+ in a statement. "The
receiver sales demonstrate the popularity of the unique offer and prove
we have developed a successful platform for broadcasters who want to
launch high definition channels in Germany."
Since the launch of
HD+ in November of 2009, over 1.2 million smart cards have been
delivered to manufacturers and more than 300,000 HD+ set-top boxes have
been sold, the company announced.