|This article is outdated. (May 2009)|
|EXQI, HD1, HD2, HD3, HD5|
|Launched||January 1, 2004|
|EUTELSAT Eutelsat W3A||10.880MHz, 13.333 Mbit/s, Polarisation V, DVB-S2, QPSK, FEC:4/5, Pilot on.|
The name originates from the 1080 lines of vertical resolution in the signal broadcast, which is 1080i50 - 1920 x 1080 at an interlaced frame rate of 50 Hz. The signal features Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.
Euro1080 began broadcasting on January 1, 2004 from the Astra 1H satellite at 19.2° east and was free to air during its first few months. Thereafter the Euro1080 signal was encrypted in Irdeto and a €200 Conditional Access Card was required to watch the flagship channel HD1.
In addition to HD1, which content is primarily HDTV showcasing for regular users, a second channel was soon created, HD-2 focusing on live and recorded HDTV broadcasts of special event for select theatres. Euro1080 currently broadcasts HD1 and HD3 on the following satellite:
- Eutelsat W3A at 7°E, 10.880 MHz, DVB-S2, QPSK, Symbol rate 13.333 Mbit/s, Vertical, FEC 4/5, MPEG4.
It is also possible to receive it on a growing number of cable operators.
Two channels have been temporarily removed recently:
- HD2 (previously HDevents or Hde): broadcasts premium events in pay-per-view.
- HD5 (timesharing with HD2): promotional channel, broadcasting a six-minute informative video about HDTV and what Euro1080 is as well a brief glimpse of previous day footage.
A new channel was launched in 2008:
- HD3: Culture with music.
(HD1 will then become a sports channel).
In October 2005, HD1 and HD2 simulcast in both MPEG-4 and MPEG-2. This dual encoding lasted until 2007.
Telenet, the main cable operator in Flanders (the northern region of Belgium), confirmed as part of its launch announcement of "Telenet Digital TV" on June 16, 2005 that it would sell HDTV set-top-boxes as of June 2006.
On October 1, 2006, Euro1080 started a new digital culture channel named EXQI. The first target audience is the Flemish and Dutch market, but the channel has expansion plans to more than 10 channels for the major European countries.
On January 7, 2007, Euro1080 switched to MPEG-4 AVC for its satellite broadcasts. MPEG-2 broadcasts for HD1 were switched off on January 1, 2008.