Digital Plus goes Astra for HD

From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spanish digital DTH platform, Digital Plus is to rely on SES Astra to distribute all its HD TV channels with Hispasat losing out.

In an unprecedented decision, the company has been contacting its iPlus-equipped subscribers to re-orientate their dishes at Astra to enjoy its HD offer, despite the fact that the platform has been using both satellites Astra and Hispasat since the digital merger.

With this move, Digital Plus aims to cut costs and increase its HD TV channels, as several broadcasters had refused to pay the uplink of both satellites.

Now, the platform has leased a transponder on Astra 1KR (frequency 11.626V) with 4 HD TV channels: Canal + Comedia HD, Canal + Liga HD, AXN HD and Disney Cinemagic HD.

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