Belgium: TV Vlaanderen to offer HD Channel for Free

The channel's content is both native HD and upscaled SD.
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TV Vlaanderen, a Dutch-language broadcaster in Belgium, has decided to continue providing its public broadcast channel, VRT Een (one) HD, to subscribers at no additional cost, despite earlier plans to only provide special coverage periodically on the HD platform.

The original game plan was for VRT Een HD to only transmit during certain periods of this past summer—primarily to provide coverage of the Tour de France bicycle race and the Beijing Olympics and then let the channel go dark until the next major multi-day sports or entertainment event came along. (The channel's content is both native HD and upscaled SD.)

But executives of TV Vlaanderen in Brussels have decided to continue providing the channel to all its Belgian subscribers year-round, in effect, for free. However, the HD platform (dubbed "HD Bouquet") costs about $7 per month. Currently the HD menu consists of Brava HDTV, Discovery HD, National Geographic HD and Voom HD.

The channel is available in Belgium on Telenet Digital TV, INDI, Belgacom TV and Coditel.