Dance TV has begun free-to-air test broadcasts from ASTRA 23.5°E. A new high definition channel based in Hilversum, Dance TV provides coverage of the international dance and club scene, with footage and reports of DJ concerts, festivals, events, and parties. Dance TV is using the enlarged footprint of the newly-launched ASTRA 3B satellite, which offers coverage from Spain to the Black Sea, to deliver the service to HD bouquets across Europe.
Visit www.dancetvhd.com for more info
Also from the Netherlands, Eredivisie Live, the Dutch pay-TV football service broadcasting as part of the Canal Digitaal package from ASTRA 19.2°E and ASTRA 23.5°E, is starting the new football season in August with a high definition version of the Eredivisie Live Kanaal 1 channel carrying all live games in HD quality.
Visit www.canaal-digitaal.nl for more info
Meanwhile, over one million viewing cards have been ordered for the HD+ package of high definition channels for German-speaking viewers broadcast from Astra 19.2°E, with more than 220,000 HD+ receivers now sold. HD+ viewers can choose from over 25 different models of receiver certified for HD+ viewing, or use the HD+ viewing card in a plug-in CI Plus module in other receivers and integrated TV sets.
Visit www.HD-plus.de for more info
The WWW.ONSASTRA.COM website has a new look and extra content to help satellite viewers and would-be viewers get the most out TV via Europe's favourite satellite provider, ASTRA.
The comprehensive and easy-to-use ASTRA viewers' portal has a unique TV Guide with details and times of programmes showing on ASTRA channels across Europe which can be customised to suit your own location, tastes, and language. Visitors can also consult the fully searchable guide to over 2600 free and pay-TV channels available via ASTRA, as well as access news, help, FAQs and tutorials on selecting and installing equipment to receive ASTRA TV anywhere in Europe.
TNTSAT, the satellite-delivered offer of French digital terrestrial TV, is now received by over 2.3 million homes. Broadcast since 2007 via ASTRA 19.2°E, TNTSAT provides 43 free-to-view channels (including the 24 regional versions of France 3) in SD, and four channels in HD, across France for homes unable to receive the terrestrial broadcasts.
Nearly 9% of TV households in France now use a TNTSAT compatible receiver and smart card, with 800,000 receivers bought in the 12 months to June 2010. SES ASTRA CEO, Ferdinand Kayser commented, "The consistently strong growth shows that French households outside the reach of terrestrial networks adopt TNTSAT as a solution to easily switch to digital television."
Visit www.tntsat.tv for more info.