Swiss broadcaster becomes latest to make HD-only switch

Swiss public service broadcaster SRG SSR has today switched off its standard definition broadcasts on satellite. From now on, viewers have to watch public service channels in HD via satellite.

The seven channels of the public broadcaster, transmitted in the three languages of the country - German, French and Italian are available in HD via the Eutelsat Hot Bird satellite system at 13 degrees East. Terrestrial broadcasts continue in standard definition.

The channels are encrypted to stop reception outside of the country, with the exception of news channel SRF Info HD, which broadcasts free-to-air (Eutelsat Hot Bird 13E, 11526 MHz horizontal, Symbol Rate 29700, FEC 2/3).

Dutch public service channels are set to become the next to go HD only on satellite - the first switchovers are due within weeks, with a move to HD likely on terrestrial TV towards the end of the decade.

In France, broadcasters are making a big switch to HD in April on terrestrial service TNT and its associated satellite platform.

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