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  • Nov
  • 26

Almost one billion homes worldwide will be receiving digital TV by the end of 2015, according to forecasts by analysts at Informa Telecoms & Media. There are about half a billion digital TV households now and more than 400 million more homes will switch to digital TV in the next five years, with China and India accounting for nearly half the increase. In Europe, Informa says, the proportion of homes currently with access to digital TV is already high, at about 78%, and this will rise to 95% by the end of 2015.

Visit www.informatm.com for more information

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International, TV, digital TV

  • Nov
  • 26

The first pan-European free-to-air 3D channel has begun broadcasting from the ASTRA 3B satellite at 23.5°E. Brava3D offers round the clock opera, ballet and concerts recorded at the major European venues, and joins the BravaHD channel already broadcasting from the same satellite. Brava3D is expected to encrypt its service in the future.

The December 19 Ajax vs Feyenoord football match in Rotterdam will be broadcast live in 3D via the ASTRA 3D Demo channel, also on ASTRA 23.5°E. This is the first 3D broadcast of a Dutch game and will be available for viewing on suitable 3D-ready receivers and TV screens in homes throughout Europe, and in a number of TV retailers across the Netherlands thanks to an initiative by ASTRA, Eredivisie Live, Endemol and Panasonic,.

Visit www.bravahdtv.com for more information

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3DTV, ASTRA, Brava3D, Netherlands

  • Nov
  • 19

Sixx makes eight for HD+

By: SES ASTRA

German women’s entertainment channel Sixx will launch as a high definition channel on the HD+ platform on December 1. Sixx HD is the fourth HD channel from ProSiebenSat.1 group to broadcast via HD+ and will bring the number of channels on HD+ to eight, joining kabel eins HD, Pro7 HD, RTL HD, RTL2 HD (also launching in December), Sat.1 HD, Sport1 HD, and VOX HD.

HD+ broadcasts from the ASTRA 19.2°E satellites and 400,000 HD+ set-top boxes have been sold since the platform’s launch in 2009. Wilfried Urner, Managing Director of HD+ said, "The fast channel take-up and the positive receiver sales demonstrate the popularity of HD+ among broadcasters and TV viewers. It shows that only one year after its launch, HD+ has established itself as an integral part of the German TV landscape."

Visit www.hd-plus.de for more information


  • Nov
  • 16

10 million for BSkyB

By: SES ASTRA

Sky in the UK has announced that its direct-to-home service has 10 million TV customers in the UK and Republic of Ireland, or about 36% of British and Irish households. This comfortably meets Sky’s self-imposed target of 10 million viewers by the end of 2010 that was set in 2004 when Sky had some 7.6 million customers.

BSkyB estimates that some 25 million people now watch Sky TV and report that about a third of the Sky households subscribe to high definition TV. Sky broadcasts to the UK via the ASTRA 28.2°E satellites.

Visit www.sky.com for further information

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ASTRA, Ireland, UK

  • Nov
  • 02

More HD from BBC

By: SES ASTRA

The BBC will launch a new high definition channel via satellite in the evening of Wednesday November 3. BBC One HD will show an HD simulcast of the existing BBC One channel, with the majority of peak time programmes in HD and other programming upscaled for broadcast at HD resolution. It is expected that the vast majority of BBC One programmes will be made and broadcast in HD by 2012.

The new channel will broadcast in the clear alongside the existing BBC HD pilot channel (which showcases HD-only programming from across all the BBC's channels) using the same transponder on the ASTRA 2D satellite at 28.2°E, and will available to viewers with a suitable dish and HD-Ready TV set with a Freesat, Sky or FTA HD receiver.

BBC One is currently the most watched TV channel in the UK. It was the world's first regular public TV channel, and first broadcast by ASTRA satellite in 1998. The BBC began HD broadcasts via ASTRA in 2006.

Visit www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone for further information

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HDTV, UK

 

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