Premiere shifts HDTV start date

Premiere has delayed the launch of its new HDTV satellite service by two weeks to allow for the late delivery of its MPEG-4 capable set-top boxes for German and Austrian customers.
The delay is due to the late delivery to the manufacturers of MPEG-4, HDTV decoder chips.
Premiere expect the new launch date for HDTV services to be December 3rd, 2005.
MPEG-4/H.264 coded TV programmes in 1080i have already been broadcast since August 2005 and it is only the set-top boxes which are delaying the official launch of the new DVB-S2 based service.
Item added: 8th November 2005