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  • Mar
  • 23

Deutsche Telekom is adding ASTRA satellite TV to its Entertain IPTV package to bolster its appeal and reach new customers. A new dedicated hybrid receiver for the Entertain Sat service will provide access to the broad range of free-to-air DTH German channels from ASTRA 19.2°E and, under a deal with ASTRA, the eight high definition German channels marketed on the HD+ platform, as well as interactive services such as video-on-demand, catch-up TV, and an EPG from Entertain.

President and CEO of SES ASTRA, Ferdinand Kayser said, "The cooperation with Deutsche Telekom demonstrates the strengths of satellite reception and the attractiveness of HD+.”

Christian P Illek, Telekom Deutschland’s Head of Marketing said, “Currently we provide Entertain to some 20 million households in Germany. ASTRA`s technical reach of more than 16 million satellite households in Germany represents a particularly interesting and attractive potential for Entertain Sat.”

Visit www.telekom.com for more info


  • Mar
  • 17

HD+ Reaches Half Million

By: SES ASTRA

Sales of reception equipment for the German HD+ platform for high definition channels have reached another milestone with more than 400,000 set-top boxes and 100,000 Common Interface modules sold to end users by the end of 2010. Over 1.5 million HD+ smart cards have been delivered to equipment manufacturers

The HD+ package includes HD versions of eight channels, kabel eins, Pro7, RTL, RTL2, Sat.1, Sixx, Sport1 and VOX, and broadcasts from the ASTRA 19.2°E satellites.

Visit www.HD-plus.de for more info

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19.2, Germany, HD+

  • Mar
  • 17

French pay-TV platform Canal+ is enhancing its 3D channel with a major European league football match and a blockbuster film every month, broadcast simultaneously with their 2D airings on the regular Canal+ channels. Canal+ 3D and the standard and HD Canal+ channels broadcast on the ASTRA 19.2°E satellites.

For March, the 3D film is the Tim Burton fantasy, Alice In Wonderland paired with the “Le Classique” football derby between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille on March 20. April’s 3D events will be the “El Clasico” match between Real Madrid and Barcelona, and the Disney 3D animated film, Bolt.

Visit www.canalplus.fr for more info

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19.2, 3DTV, Canal+

  • Mar
  • 09

Adult channel Penthouse has joined the likes of BSkyB, Canal+, and Viasat as a pioneer European 3D broadcaster. The Penthouse 3D channel can be found on ASTRA 23.5°E and is the sixth 3D channel to be broadcast via ASTRA satellites. In 2009, Penthouse became the first adult channel to broadcast in high definition, and Penthouse 3D is the first 3D adult channel in the World.

"We are very excited about the launch of the Penthouse 3D channel," said Marc Bell, CEO of Penthouse. "Working with ASTRA represents a spectacular opportunity; our goal is always to deliver the latest technology on the world's best platform."

Visit www.ffn.com for further information

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3DTV, ASTRA

  • Mar
  • 09

More from M7 from ASTRA

By: SES ASTRA

The Luxembourg-based M7 Group, broadcaster of the CanalDigitaal, TV Vlaanderen, TéléSat and AustriaSat DTH services to over one million homes in Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg, has signed a long-term agreement for a fifth transponder on ASTRA 23.5°E. M7 will use the additional capacity for transmission of Dutch regional services and for additional high definition channels.

M7’s channels are also broadcast on four transponders on ASTRA 19.2°E and, since the ASTRA Duo LNB was launched in 2007, for the simultaneous reception of ASTRA 19.2°E and ASTRA 23.5°E, the vast majority of DTH homes in the Benelux countries are capable of receiving programmes from both ASTRA positions.

Visit www.m7group.eu for further information

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ASTRA, DTH

  • Mar
  • 04

The 3D TV technical standards already employed on ASTRA satellites by broadcasters such as BSkyB, Canal+, Sky Deutschland, and others, have been approved by the Digital Video Broadcasting Project. The DVB-3DTV specification enables service providers to deliver two images to be viewed near-simultaneously by the left and right eyes on 3D-compatible TVs via HDMI from existing HDTV set-top boxes. It also provides for onscreen graphics and subtitling to be positioned for correct viewing in stereoscopic 3D pictures.

ASTRA is an active member of the Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB), a consortium of 250 broadcasting industry companies and bodies from over 35 countries to design global open technical standards for the delivery of digital TV services.

Visit www.dvb.org for further information.

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3DTV, International

  • Mar
  • 04

Nordic direct-to-home broadcaster Viasat has launched a high definition version of its flagship channel TV3 in Sweden, to be followed by two more HD channels on March 10. Swedish viewers are able to see programmes such as The Mentalist, Navy CIS, and The Simpsons in high definition for the first time on TV3 HD.

On March 10 Viasat will start broadcasting HD versions of its live Formula One and Moto GP racing channel, Viasat Motor, and its UK Premier League and UEFA Champions League football channel, Viasat Fotboll. The Viasat channels broadcast from the ASTRA 4A satellite at 5°E.

Visit www.viasat.se for further information.

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5, HDTV, Sweden, Viasat

  • Mar
  • 04

An application to help viewers choose TV programmes has won First Prize for ASTRA in Samsung’s Smart TV Challenge. A combined team of experts from ASTRA and Capablue created the advanced ASTRA Recommends application. This is designed to be downloaded, installed and run on Samsung’s Apps line of connected TVs.

The ASTRA Recommends app presents an onscreen video-on-demand programme guide, which viewers use to select programmes by category or genre, with advice from an intelligent recommendation engine. They can also share programme recommendations with friends through social networks like Facebook.

Thomas Wrede, VP Reception Systems at ASTRA, said “We are very pleased to have been awarded First Prize in Samsung's competition. This will motivate us to pursue further activities with the CE industry to promote satellite reception in connected consumer devices.”

ASTRA Web & e-marketing manager Neill Henderson said, “It’s great to see manufacturers like Samsung recognise the power of satellite to engage large audiences. This application shows how the internet world and the satellite TV world can come together to enhance the overall TV experience.”

Visit www.samsungsmarttvchallenge.eu for further information


  • Mar
  • 04

For the first time, Sky Deutschland is offering films in high definition as part of its Sky Select pay-per-view service. The German pay-TV operator is providing a choice of two film titles each day in the 1080i HD format, for €4 each. Sky Select HD joins 12 other HD channels broadcast by Sky Deutschland from the ASTRA 19.2°E satellites.

Visit www.sky.de for further information


  • Mar
  • 04

BSkyB has announced a rise in demand for high definition services of 68% on last year. The pay-TV operator closed 2010 with nearly 10.1 million subscribers in the UK and Ireland, including almost 3.5 million taking Sky’s HD package.

Sky’s operating profit for the second half of the year rose to £491 million (approx €578 million), a rise of 19%, and the average annual revenue per user (ARPU) increased to over £540 (approx €640). Sky’s HD and SD channels are broadcast from the ASTRA 28.2°E satellites.

Visit www.sky.com for further information

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28.2, BSkyB, HDTV, UK

 

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