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HDTV Platform Hello HD Launches In Hungary From Eutelsatís Eurobirdô 9 Neighbourhood


Hello HD, Hungaryís first High-Definition television platform is gearing up for launch on May 1 from the EUROBIRDô 9 satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris:ETL). Using two transponders leased on a long-term basis on EUROBIRDô 9, Hello HDís new television platform will feature industry-leading HDTV services including Eurosport HD,
National Geographic HD, Filmbox HD and HBO HD, complemented by high quality Hungarian channels broadcasting in Standard Digital.
Hello HD will be available to viewers on a ubscription basis using CONAX encryption.
Subscribers will procure a High-Definition set-top-box provided by the Swiss company Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) which enables high definition and standard definition reception based on the DVB-S2 standard and is also equipped with PVR (Personal Video Recorder) and VOD (Video on Demand) features. In fourth quarter 2008 Hello HD plans to launch video-on-demand and a range of value added interactive services.
Hello HDís choice of EUROBIRDô 9 will also enable satellite homes in Hungary to receive digital channels broadcasting from Eutelsatís HOT BIRDô video neighbourhood. Using off-the-shelf double-feed antennas, Hello HD subscribers will be able to use the same dish to pick up content available free-to-air at the HOT BIRDô position.
Commenting on the launch of Hello HD, Andras Schmideg, Hello HD CEO, said: ďNearly five percent of Hungarian TV households are already equipped with HD Ready television sets,and this number is expected to rapidly grow. Our unique platform, which assembles the best brands in HD with Standard Digital channels, responds to consumer demand for the highest quality of content and a new television experience. We are delighted that Hello HD can be made available to homes across Hungary thanks to the coverage and high-power of Eutelsatís EUROBIRDô 9 satellite.Ē
Olivier MilliŤs Lacroix, Eutelsat Commercial Director responded: ďThe launch of Hello HD platform further cements Eutelsatís longstanding relationship with Hungaryís broadcasting community. It also underscores the strong dynamic of digital broadcasting markets in central Europe and demonstrates that EUROBIRDô 9, our newest video neighbourhood continues to attract some of the most exciting and innovative broadcasting ventures to accompany the continuing take-up of new channels and High-Definition Television. With Hello HD, the number of HD channels broadcast on the Eutelsat fleet will increase up to forty.Ē
Hello HD is owned by the media services company Watchcable Corporation which launched Minimax and other television channels in the CEE region.


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