German Satellite Soars

Analogue satellite TV was still being watched by 1.8 million households in Germany (down from 3 million at the end of 2010). The final switchover from German analogue to digital satellite TV will take place on April 30.

Meanwhile, German pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland is launching a new HD channel, Sky Atlantic HD in May. The German version of the successful Sky UK channel launched a year ago will mainly show new and old US dramas from HBO, such as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos.

Sky Deutschland broadcasts via the ASTRA 19.2°E satellites. Over 260 German language channels (more than 37 in high definition) are broadcast by ASTRA satellites.

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