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  • Jan
  • 25

February 1 sees the launch of Sky Atlantic, a new entertainment channel broadcast in both SD and HD versions from the Astra 28.2°E position, and free to all 10 million Sky customers across the UK and Ireland. Sky Atlantic will feature films and drama, in particular series such as Boardwalk Empire and Treme from Sky's exclusive output deal with HBO, Mad Men from Lionsgate Television and Blue Bloods and The Borgias from CBS Studios International. The channel will also include UK commissions such as original comedy This Is Jinsy, Paul Abbott’s new drama, Hit and Miss, and Sir David Attenborough’s ground-breaking documentary, Flying Monsters.

Also on February 1, Sky UK will reshuffle the channel order within the Sky EPG. In particular Living will rebrand as Sky Living and move to channel 107, Sky Atlantic will launch in position 108, Comedy Central, Universal, Syfy and FX will move up the EPG channel list, and MTV will be reclassified from Music to Entertainment and move to channel 126. For HD subscribers, 40 HD channels will swap EPG position with their SD counterparts, and so move higher up the EPG list to make the HD version a more natural selection in HD homes. A notable exception is recently launched BBC One HD (channel 143) which will not swap with BBC One (channel 101) in HD homes as the HD channel does not provide the regional variations of the SD version.

Visit www.sky.com for further information

 

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BSkyB, EPG, UK

  • Jan
  • 25

New Bulgarian broadcaster, Satellite BG is launching a direct-to-home pay-TV service to homes throughout Bulgaria from Astra 23.5°E. Formally launching on February 1, Satellite BG has been broadcasting a limited test package from three transponders on the Astra 3B satellite since January 15. The Satellite BG programme package will comprise more than 60 standard definition channels and 12 high definition channels, including sports, film, factual and children’s TV, and all major public and commercial services in Bulgaria.

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23.5, ASTRA, Bulgaria

  • Jan
  • 14

A survey by Accenture has revealed that purchase rates of 3D TVs are expected to grow this year by 500%, but also that over half of the respondents would be more likely to buy a 3D TV set if prices were reduced. The survey focused on usage and spending on 19 different consumer electronics technologies among more than 8,000 consumers in Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Russia, Japan and the US. Tablet computers, ebook readers and smart phones are also expected to increase sales this year while purchase rates of personal computers and (basic) mobile phones will decline.

Visit www.accenture.com for further information

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3DTV

  • Jan
  • 07

New themes for TVP

By: SES ASTRA

Polish state broadcaster, TVP has launched the first of a possible four new thematic channels. TVP Seriale offers drama, comedy and soap operas of all kinds but is particularly aimed at a female audience aged 35-49. Channels dedicated to documentaries, films and children’s programmes are expected to follow during 2011.

TVP Seriale joins the broadcaster’s five other thematic channels, TVP Historia, TVP Kultura, TVP Polonia, TVP Sport, and TVP HD, as well as its main entertainment services, TVP1 and TVP2, and news service, TVP Info, all broadcasting from ASTRA 1KR satellite at 19.2° east.

Visit www.tvp.pl for further information

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Poland, TVP

  • Jan
  • 07

3D for Scandinavia

By: SES ASTRA

Viasat has launched the first 3D TV service in Scandinavia. Viasat 3D broadcasts from the ASTRA 4A satellite at 4.8°E and is initially showing 3D clips and films, with the promise of live 3D games from the Champions League football tournament in the spring.

To watch Viasat 3D, viewers need a 3D-ready TV and a Viasat OnDemand set-top box. The 3D clips are free to view and 3D films cost 59kr with the sports broadcasts at no extra charge to Viasat Gold subscribers.

Visit www.viasat.se for further information

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3DTV, Scandinavia

  • Jan
  • 07

The lure of 3D

By: SES ASTRA

In research by The Nielsen Company, 28% of 27,000 consumers surveyed online in September 2010 across 53 countries said that by the end of 2011 they would probably own a 3D TV set.

Interest and intent to purchase was found to be highest among consumers ages 21-34, and strongest in the Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East, Africa and Pakistan markets. While fewer consumers in Europe (18%) said they expected to have bought a 3D TV set within 12 months, North America showed the least interest in 3D take-up (7%). Worldwide, 4% of the respondents already owned a 3D television.

A separate study conducted in the US by Nielsen in conjunction with the US Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketers (CTAM) and CBS Vision investigating 3D TV viewing experience found that the programmes viewers were most interested in seeing in 3D were sports and nature/animal documentaries, which beat dramas, films and travel programmes, with music concerts the least appealing 3D genre.

Visit www.nielsen.com for further information

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3DTV, Nielsen

  • Jan
  • 07

Snow stops 3D play

By: SES ASTRA

The first Dutch football game to be broadcast in 3D was cancelled by the Dutch football association KNVB due to heavy snow in The Netherlands. The Ajax vs Feyenoord match in Rotterdam scheduled for December 19, 2010 was to be broadcast live on the ASTRA 3D Demo channel on 23.5°E through an initiative by ASTRA, Eredivisie Live, and Endemol, and available for viewing on suitable 3D-ready receivers and TV screens in homes across Europe, and in a number of Dutch Panasonic TV retailers. The game has been rescheduled for January 19, 2011.

Visit www.knvb.nl for further information

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3DTV, ASTRA

 

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