The complete, free, TV channel package of the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will continue to be available via SES’s ASTRA satellites at the prime orbital location of 19.2 degrees East, which reaches 118 million TV homes across Europe.
The channel line-up includes RTL, VOX, ntv, NITRO, RTLplus, SUPER RTL, TOGGO plus and RTLZWEI, as well as the regional programs. The new channel VOXup, which was launched on 1 December 2019, is also part of the agreement. All broadcasts will be transmitted in the MPEG-2 SD format till 2024.
Andre Prahl, Head of Program Distribution of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland said that with this new agreement, the company is ensuring that the firm's free TV stations retain their high reach via satellite and can continue to offer the free-to-air program portfolio in SD quality via satellite to viewers.
Christoph Mühleib, Managing Director of ASTRA Deutschland GmbH, added that this agreement re-emphasises that SD is an important distribution platform for the foreseeable future in German. The company is pleased to continue supporting Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland to deliver this service.