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Skylink Boost for HD

Skylink, the DTH platform for residents of the Czech Republic and Slovakia has taken additional ASTRA satellite capacity to increase its high definition offering to viewers. Already the market-leading platform for HD services in the region, Skylink aims to make all its popular channels available in HD before the end of 2016.

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TVs Get Smarter

In 2013, sales of smart TVs around the World reached 90 million, and by the end of 2014 30% of households in developed countries will own a smart TV, according to a report from research company Futuresource Consulting. By 2018 there will be 228 million smart TVs in use, in 70% of households in the developed world.

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ASTRA Fights Ebola

SES, owner and operator of the ASTRA satellites, has launched a free-to-air channel to help educate people in West Africa about the Ebola virus. The Fight Ebola channel dispels myths about Ebola, explains medical details of the virus, and provides practical advice on preventing its spread, with contributions from groups including UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and End Ebola Now.

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Sky D Information

German pay-TV satellite platform Sky Deutschland has launched a free-to-air information channel.

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Kids on Demand

Freesat has added an online pay-player service for children to the 10 free-to-air children’s channels already broadcast on the UK subscription-free satellite TV platform. Hopster is available through Freesat’s Freetime EPG and offers on-demand children’s shows for a £3.99 monthly subscription.

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Russia in Britain

Moscow-based international news channel RT (Russia Today) has launched a channel dedicated to UK viewers, with five hours each day of live and recorded programming produced in London and focussed on British issues.

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Vivid Comes to Europe

US adult TV broadcaster VividTV is launching a European channel on November 1. Combining local content with productions from the successful US channel launched last year, VividTV Europe will broadcast 24/7 from the ASTRA 1L satellite at 19.2°E.

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Sky Higher

The Sky UK satellite pay-TV platform has added more than a quarter million new subscribers over the last year to now serve over 10.7 million households. Over 5 million subscribe to Sky’s HD services and more than 6 million connect their Sky box to the internet to make use of download and catch-up services.

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Four Million Watch for Free

UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat has added 32,000 new households in the first nine months of the year to be available in 1.9 million homes, and reaching over 4 million viewers each week.

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