SES’s HD+ venture is making considerable progress in Germany. SES says that during 2012 it more than doubled its paying subscriber base from 404,123 to 944,993. That number has continued to grow through January and has now passed the 1 million mark. SES says that its total number of active subscribers (paying, or in a ‘free trial’ period) now topped 2.87 million, up 570,000 in a year.
“In less than 40 months, HD+ has developed from a start-up into an important factor in the German television market,” said Wilfried Urner, Managing Director of the HD PLUS affiliate. “HD+ will continue to be a strong driver of HDTV content in Germany. We will continue to develop the HD+ offer with new products like HD+ RePlay, which gives access to the media libraries of commercial broadcasters.”
Launched on November 1st 2009, HD+ enables households in Germany to receive the following 15 free TV channels in HD quality exclusively via the Astra satellite system: RTL HD, Sat.1 HD, ProSieben HD, VOX HD, kabel eins HD, RTL II HD, Super RTL HD, N24 HD, Tele 5 HD, Sport1 HD, DMAX HD, Nickelodeon HD, sixx HD, Comedy Central HD and Deluxe music HD. Customers with an HD+ set-top box can receive another 22 HD channels at no extra charge.