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January 22, 2010

KabelKiosk to Launch HD Channels with RTL HD and VOX HD

By Hans Lewis, TMCnet Contributor

KabelKiosk, the digital channel platform for cable operators provided by the German subsidiary of Eutelsat (News - Alert) Communications, reportedly announced the launch of a new HDTV offer with the addition into the platform of the RTL HD and VOX HD channels of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.
Martina Rutenbeck, managing director of Eutelsat Germany, said that the development of television will be closely associated with the quality and enhanced experience brought by HDTV.
'We are delighted to welcome RTL HD and VOX HD onto the KabelKiosk platform as we believe their compelling content will be a real driving force for the success of HDTV in Germany,' Rutenbeck said. 'The launch of this new offer is further evidence of our commitment to innovating new products that contribute to powering digitization of cable networks in Germany.'
The addition to KabelKiosk of both channels follows the signature of an agreement between Eutelsat Germany and Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, which was announced in Berlin at Eutelsat Germany's annual reception on Jan. 21. With the launch in KabelKiosk, RTL HD and VOX HD will be available for the first time in real HD quality for digital cable networks in Germany. KabelKiosk's German cable partners will immediately be able to offer this new option to their subscribers via Eutelsat's EUROBIRD 9A satellite.
Andre Prahl, a member of the management board of the RTL subsidiary Cologne Broadcast Center, who is in charge of channel distribution at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, said that HDTV represents added value that truly inspires the audience. He said that they really appreciate the opportunity to offer RTL HD and VOX HD to the first cable customers via Eutelsat's KabelKiosk.
KabelKiosk's HD offer will progressively expand over the next months to up to ten German and international channels. The package will offer a strong choice of free and pay content to partners and customers, opening up the future of HDTV for independent network operators and the housing industry.
Read here about how German cable network operator Tele Columbus and Eutelsat have added German TV channel for men, DMAX, to their digital TV basic package.

Hans Lewis is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney