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HD+

This article is about the television service "HD+"; for the computer screen resolution see Computer display standard.

HD+ is a package of high-definition digital satellite TV channels for German-speaking viewers and (as HD PLUS GmbH) the company providing that package, based in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany. HD PLUS is a subsidiary company of SES based in Betzdorf, Luxembourg.

HD+ provides a broadcast platform from satellites at the Astra 19.2°E position, independent from TV operators, for channels outside of the established pay-TV networks, and requires a dedicated receiver or an HD+ conditional-access module and Smart Card. Since summer 2011, HD+ channels have also been available to Sky Deutschland subscribers. As of October 2014 there are 2.9 million active HD+ households in Germany.

The company grew out of SES Platform Services (then ASTRA Platform Services) and offers the technical management and the marketing of HD programmes for all broadcasters, including the distribution of the smart cards required for reception.

In October 2014 HD+ joined the Free TV Alliance, alongside other free-to-air broadcasters Freesat and Tivù Sat, and free-to-view Fransat.

In September 2015, HD+ started broadcast of an Ultra-high-definition television demonstration channel. UHD1 shows sports, culture, lifestyle and nature video clips and trailers for use by dealers and UHD 'enthusiasts'. On April 2, 2016 UHD1 carried a live broadcast of the Le Corsaire ballet in Ultra HD from the Vienna State Opera. The broadcast was free-to-air and produced by SES in collaboration with European culture channel ARTE.