SES Astra has signed a long-term agreement with M7 Group for two additional transponders on ASTRA 23.5 degrees East. The newly contracted capacity will be used for the further extension of the HDTV line-up of CanalDigitaal, M7 Group's direct-to-home platform for the Dutch market and will bring the number of total transponders contracted by M7 Group at this orbital position to four. The Luxembourg-based M7 Group provides DTH-services in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg using the brand names CanalDigitaal, TV Vlaanderen and TÃ©lÃ©SAT.
Following the agreement, CanalDigitaal will launch a broad range of new HD channels from mid-February onwards, including HD channels from the Dutch public broadcaster NPO, and commercial broadcasters RTL and SBS. As a result, the CanalDigitaal HD channel line-up for the Dutch market will more than double over the next three months.