April 19, 2012 12.51 Europe/London By Robert Briel
HD Austria, part of the M7 Group, is adding Super RTL HD to it’s line up of channels. The DTH platform is also adding the Austrian versions of the other three RTL channels.
M7 will now also carry the HD versions of RTL, RTL II and Vox with their Austrian windows. The RTL Group has leased additional transponder capacity on the Astra position of 19.2 degrees East to this end.
Until now, HDAustria carried the German version of the three RTL channels.
As of May 1, RTL Germany will use a former analogue transponder on the Astra satellite system to expand its High Definition (HD) channel offer and broadcast the Austrian versions of RTL HD, RTL II HD and Vox HD via HD Austria, the HD-channel platform of M7 Group`s AustriaSat.
Super RTL HD will also be carried on this transponder and join the HD+ platform in Germany, becoming the fourth channel from media group RTL Germany to join HD+.
Wolfgang Elsäßer, managing director of Astra Germany, said in a statement: „We are very happy to expand our successful cooperation with RTL. With the launch of the new HD channels, the HD line-up for viewers with satellite reception in Germany and Austria becomes even more attractive. From May, we will offer more than 50 HD channels in both countries. We remain the most attractive HD infrastructure for broadcasters and viewers in the German-speaking TV market.”
Andre Prahl, responsible for programme distribution at the media group RTL Germany and member of the managing board of the broadcasting centre CBC, said: „We are pleased that we will now be able to offer RTL HD, VOX HD and RTL II HD also in Austria and thus further extend the distribution of our channels in High Definition.”
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