SES Astra has launched a new High Definition (HD) bouquet on Astra targeting the Dutch and Belgian markets. CanalDigitaal and Belgian sister company, TV Vlaanderen, will broadcast their new HDTV package via the Astra satellites at the 23.5 degrees East orbital position.
With the addition of the CanalDigitaal/TV Vlaanderen High Definition offering, there are now 34 HD channels transmitted via the Astra and Sirius satellites. The initial offering includes the documentary channels, Discovery HD and National Geographic HD, as well as the Dutch-based classical music and opera channel Brava HDTV. The launch of additional HD channels is planned for the near future. Furthermore, CanalDigitaal concluded an agreement with Dutch public broadcaster, NOS, for the HD transmission of the European Soccer Championship 2008 and the Olympic Games via Astra 23.5 degrees East