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  • Dec
  • 23

The ProSiebenSat.1 Group (broadcasting via ASTRA 19.2°E and ASTRA 23.5°E) has acquired full ownership of the German video-on-demand internet portal Maxdome from its partner, web-hosting company 1&1 Internet. Maxdome was started in 2006 as a 50:50 joint venture between ProSiebenSat.1 Group and 1&1 Internet, and boasts Germany’s largest online video library with 35,000 titles including films, TV drama, comedy, sport, music and cartoons. Customers can select titles via subscription or as a one-off pay-per-view, to stream or download. Some titles can be purchased to keep permanently

In June 2010 Maxdome introduced a hybrid version of its Media Center PVR set-top box for reception of the VOD service, other on-line catch-up services, and direct-to-home satellite TV, including the HD+ high definition platform on ASTRA 19.2°E which carries three HD channels from ProSiebenSat.1.

http://www.maxdome.de


  • Dec
  • 23

Skylink, the satellite TV platform broadcasting from ASTRA 3A at 23.5°E to residents of Slovakia and the Czech Republic, has introduced a second TV option for subscribers. For an additional 80CZK/€3.30 per month a “Next” slave card is provided for a second set-top box in the household to receive Skylink encrypted channels. Only one Next card per household is permitted, which must be used in conjunction with a main Irdeto Skylink viewing card (an exchange service is available for customers with the older Cryptoworks cards) and provides access to the same services as the parent card.

Visit www.skylink.cz for further information


  • Dec
  • 16

ASTRA has signed an agreement with Ukraine's state owned company, Ukrkosmos, to provide capacity on the ASTRA 1G satellite at 31.5°E for broadcasting direct to Ukrainian homes and to cable head ends and terrestrial networks. The Ukrkosmos platform, including the channels UTR, Kultura, KDRTRK, Sport 1, Sport 2, Malyatko TV and Menu TV, can be received via ASTRA with 60cm dishes throughout the country.

Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has also contracted a transponder on ASTRA 1G for distribution of services to cable head ends in Romania and Bulgaria, starting in January 2011. CME provides TV channels including Pro TV, Pro TV International, Acasa, Pro Cinema, Sport.ro and MTV Romania to Romania and bTV, bTV Cinema, bTV Comedy, Pro.bg and Ring.bg in Bulgaria, and is the anchor customer for the 31.5°E slot, ASTRA's new orbital position for Central Europe and the Middle East.

Chief Commercial Officer of SES ASTRA, Norbert Hölzle, said, "The agreement will help us to significantly increase our reach in Romania and Bulgaria and shows that we have succeeded in establishing 31.5° east as a new orbital hotspot for the region”.

Visit www.ukrkosmos.kiev.ua and www.cetv-net.com for further information

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31.5, ASTRA, Ukraine

  • Dec
  • 09

Further HD from BBC

By: SES ASTRA

Following the launch of BBC One HD on ASTRA 2D on December 3, the BBC will be launching further high definition channels for the UK, to mirror existing standard definition broadcasts, said BBC Head of HD and 3D TV, Danielle Nagler.

Nagler told the Digital TV Summit in London that HD content on all BBC channels is increasing and when a sufficient proportion of prime time programming on a channel is available in HD, an HD simulcast channel would be started. BBC Two will be the next HD channel and BBC3 HD and BBC4 HD will “follow in due course.”

Further BBC high definition channels will broadcast as part of Freesat, via the ASTRA satellites at 28.2°E, said Nagler, and the lack of capacity for HD channels via the UK’s Freeview digital terrestrial service would not prevent the launch of BBC HD channels via ASTRA.

Visit www.bbc.co.uk for further information

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BBC, HDTV, UK

  • Dec
  • 09

Freesat, the free-to-air digital satellite TV platform broadcasting to the UK from the ASTRA satellites at 28.2°E, has revealed the winners of its annual Product Awards for 2010. The winners in the four categories were chosen by Freesat and the editors of What Satellite & Digital TV, Home Cinema Choice and TechRadar.com. The award for Best Freesat Receiver went to the Technisat HDFS, the first Freesat product from the German manufacturer, and featuring the ability to playback music and video from external storage devices and networked PCs. The Best Freesat+ HD recorder is the Humax Foxsat-HDR, with a 320GB hard disk drive, great AV performance and competitive price. The Panasonic TX-P50VT20B was judged the Best Freesat HD TV with a 50in screen and flash memory or network playback delivering stunning SD, HD and 3D pictures. The overall Freesat Product of the Year is the Panasonic DMR-BS880, a twin-tuner Freesat receiver with both hard disc recorder and Blu-ray recorder.

Visit www.freesat.co.uk for further information

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3DTV, ASTRA, Freesat, HDTV, UK

  • Dec
  • 03

The Hybrid Future

By: SES ASTRA

A study by IMS Research predicts that worldwide shipments of hybrid set-top boxes (STB), which combine traditional broadcast TV reception with video delivered over the Internet, will grow to nearly 87 million units/year and reach more than 380 million households by 2015. Paul Erickson, Senior Analyst at IMS Research said, “Augmenting traditional video delivery methods with additional content and services over IP has finally come of age,” and in five years, the majority of new STB worldwide will be hybrid devices. While the Americas currently lead with over 65% of global hybrid STB shipments, IMS expects Europe to overtake within a couple of years.

Meanwhile, Europe’s largest TV manufacturer, Vestel has announced a new range of STBs equipped to receive HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) services broadcast via ASTRA satellites by German broadcasters, including ARD and ZDF. Hakan Hutlu, Vestel’s Deputy General Manager for Marketing, said, “with HbbTV, consumers have all the benefits of a high quality large-screen viewing experience coupled with the capability to enjoy compelling VOD and catch-up content, interact with programmes and friends, or swap media files or photos.” ASTRA is a founding member of the HbbTV Consortium, establishing an industry standard for hybrid TV.

Visit www.imsresearch.com and www.hbbtv.com for more information

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Hybrid

 

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