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  • Oct
  • 27

Belgian telecom provider Mobistar has launched a hybrid satellite/internet TV offer to provide phone customers with extended television flexibility and choice. Mobistar TV combines DTH satellite TV with DSL Internet to provide over 500 television and radio by satellite and interactive services, catch-up TV and content-on-demand via the Internet, along with programme recording management via a smart phone.

Satellite television, including Flemish national channels, HD and 3D channels, and a wide range of European free-to-air channels, is delivered to Mobistar TV users direct from the ASTRA satellites. President and CEO of SES ASTRA, Ferdinand Kayser said: "The combination of DSL and DTH reception brings together two excellent infrastructures, with satellite as the ideal broadcast infrastructure for high quality TV and DSL as the most suitable means for providing interactivity and on-demand services. We expect this trend towards hybrid solutions to increase."

Visit www.mobistar.be for more information


  • Oct
  • 26

RTL2 goes HD

By: SES ASTRA

German entertainment channel RTL2 will launch in high definition as part of the HD+ platform on ASTRA 19.2°E in December. RTL2 HD will be the seventh free channel to launch on HD+ and it will join HD versions of sister channel RTL as well as kabel eins, Pro7, Sat.1, and VOX, and the HD version of Sport1 HD which starts broadcasting on November 1. Since the launch of HD+ in 2009, more than 300,000 HD+ set-top boxes have been sold.

Visit www.hd-plus.de for more information

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ASTRA, Germany, HDTV, RTL2

  • Oct
  • 18

New look VH1

By: SES ASTRA

Music channel, VH1 has revamped its onscreen look and logo for Europe, and introduced new shows including VH1 Loves (featuring favourite videos and artists), Guess The Year (an hour of music hour from the last decade where viewers guess the year the video was made) and VH1 Superchart (the week's most played videos from the VH1 vaults). VH1’s themed weekends have also been extended to run from Friday to Sunday. VH1 broadcasts on ASTRA 1M at 19.2°E and ASTRA 4A at 5°E.

Visit www.vh1e.com for more information

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ASTRA, Music, VH1

  • Oct
  • 18

HD for XD

By: SES ASTRA

The HD version of global channel, Disney XD has launched on Sky UK, on the ASTRA 28.2°E satellite. Disney XD HD is the second Disney channel to broadcast in high definition, following the film channel, Disney Cinemagic HD, which started in 2008. The Disney XD channel is primarily aimed at boys aged 6-14 and was created in 2009 when Disney bought and rebranded the Jetix channels worldwide.

Disney XD HD is the 50th HD channel on Sky UK, meeting the broadcaster’s self-set target of 50 HD channels by Christmas 2010.

Visit www.disneyxd.co.uk for more information

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Disney, HDTV, UK, XD

  • Oct
  • 12

Sky Across The Atlantic

By: SES ASTRA

Following BSkyB’s agreement with HBO in July for Sky UK to carry HBO programmes in the UK, Sky has announced the launch of a new channel, Sky Atlantic HD in early 2011.

Sky Atlantic HD will be home to current US hits including Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and Treme as well as re-runs of old favourites from HBO, such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under and The Pacific.

The channel will be broadcast in high definition from the ASTRA 28.2 E satellite position and available to Sky Variety Pack subscribers.

Visit www.sky.com for more info

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ASTRA, BSkyB, UK

  • Oct
  • 12

The Skylink direct-to-home platform, which broadcasts from the ASTRA 3B satellite at 23.5°E, has rearranged the channels available to Czech and Slovak viewers.

Kino CS, previously part of the ‘Multi’ basic tier package, has joined the Doku CS and Muzika CS channels in the CS TV package. CS TV is now offered as a premium service, broadcast in MPEG-4, available only to viewers with an SD MPEG-4 or HD receiver. Joining the CS TV channels are new movie channel, CS Film and children’s channel, CS Mini.

In November, Travel Channel HD is joining Skylink’s ‘HD Plus’ package of six HD channels. This follows the September change in the broadcasting parameters of Skylink’s DVB-S2 MPEG-4 transponder on ASTRA 3B to accommodate more HD channels.

Skylink also now provides access to adult channels Hustler and Man-X, which broadcast from the ASTRA 19.2°E satellite position.

The changes have increased the number of channels in Skylink ‘Multi HD’ package (both SD Multi and HD Plus packages) to 25 and the total number of channels in Skylink to 65.

Visit www.skylink.sk for more info

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ASTRA, HD+, HDTV, Skylink

  • Oct
  • 04

3D TV Opens For Business

By: SES ASTRA

Sky TV in the UK launched Europe’s first 3D channel on October 1, broadcast from the Astra 28.2°E satellites. Opening with live coverage of golf’s Ryder Cup, Sky 3D broadcasts 14 hours a day with an event-driven schedule of the biggest box office 3D films, concerts (such as The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala), landmark documentaries (including Sir David Attenborough’s Flying Monsters 3D), and live sports three times a week (including English Premier League football and international rugby and boxing).

The 3D channel will also include programme contributions from sister broadcasters, National Geographic Channel and History Channel. Sky 3D is available at no extra cost to viewers with a top-tier BSkyB subscription, Sky+ HD receiver, and 3D-ready television.

Close behind BSkyB, sister network Sky Deutschland also started 3D services on October 3. Sky Deutschland’s HD-3D service is offering a mixture of sport, films, documentaries and entertainment programming, and launched with golf from the Ryder Cup.

Visit www.sky.com and www.sky.de for more information

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3DTV, ASTRA, BSkyB, HDTV, UK

 

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