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  • Apr
  • 29

Dutch Connected TVs

By: SES ASTRA

Sales of “connected” TVs are booming in the Netherlands, according to figures from market research company GfK. Connected TV sets have Internet capability to browse the worldwide web and/or play ‘over the top’ video clips and catch-up TV, in addition to displaying digital TV such as DTH broadcasts from ASTRA satellites.

About half the TVs sold in Netherlands this year are expected to be connected TVs, rising to two thirds next year. GfK suggests that in 2014, half of all TVs in use in Dutch homes will be connected.

Visit www.gfk.com for further information

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ASTRA, Netherlands

  • Apr
  • 29

Chello Multicanal has launched a version of popular Portuguese children’s channel Canal Panda for Spain, as part of the Digital+ Spanish pay-TV platform broadcast from ASTRA 19.2°E. Canal Panda España aims to provide entertaining and educational content to develop positive values in children aged 3-8 years, and around half of the programming is produced in Spain. Canal Panda España joins 20 themed TV channels broadcast by Chello Multicanal to Portugal and Spain.

Visit www.canalpanda.es for further information

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19.2, Spain

  • Apr
  • 21

More than twice as many viewers worldwide will be watching online video and catch-up services than will subscribe to Internet delivered TV channels, forecasts a report from Informa Telecoms & Media.

The report, Congestion Up Ahead? Internet traffic and service forecasts 2010-2015, predicts that Internet usage and traffic will continue to rise globally and by 2015, connected TVs or set-top boxes will be used for ‘over the top’ services by 380 million people whereas IPTV subscribers will total only 163 million worldwide.

In some countries the advantages of OTT will be even more marked. The report suggests that in the UK, the popularity of services such as BBC iPlayer (currently available on Freesat satellite set-top boxes for reception of broadcasts from ASTRA 28.2°E), will boost OTT users to 27 million by 2015, while IPTV will fall to 3.6 million UK users.

“Many OTT TV viewers will be using connected devices to watch short-form and catch-up TV services, which are complementary, rather than competitive, to pay-TV,” says Informa.

Visit www.informatm.com for further information

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IPTV, OTT, UK

  • Apr
  • 14

The 2010 Yearbook market report from the European Audiovisual Observatory, a public service body set up by the Council of Europe, shows the European digital TV market to be one of the most dynamic in the world.

More than 300 new TV channels were launched in the EU during 2010, and 118 closed down, making a total of 9,893 channels in the Observatory’s 36 member states. At the end of 2010, 414 channels were broadcasting in high definition (an increase of over 50% from 2009), with sport the largest genre in HD television (approximately 20% of HD channels), followed by film, general entertainment and documentary channels.

Satellite TV packages offering more than 20 HD channels are available in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK. About half of all HD channels in Europe are broadcast via ASTRA satellites.

The Observatory’s report finds that in 2010 nearly three quarters of EU households had digital TV and, although the number of digital platforms delivered by cable and IPTV remained about constant in 2009 and 2010, satellite broadcasters are increasing in number by around 20% each year.

Visit www.obs.coe.int www.obs.coe.int for further information

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HDTV

  • Apr
  • 14

German high definition channels on the HD+ platform will be available to Sky Deutschland subscribers from this summer. Sky subscribers with a standard Sky HD satellite receiver and smartcard will then be able to watch and record the eight HD+ channels – kabel eins, Pro7, RTL, RTL2, Sat.1, Sixx, Sport1 and VOX – along with the 12 existing Sky HD channels and five free-to-air German HD channels, all of which broadcast via ASTRA 19.2°E

The HD+ channels will be available to Sky subscribers for free for the first 12 months and then for an annual fee of €50. Further Sky HD channels are promised for launch later in the year.

Visit www.HD-plus.de or www.sky.defor further information

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Germany, HD+, Sky Deutschland

  • Apr
  • 08

Satellite TV Anywhere

By: SES ASTRA

Echostar has launched Europe’s first satellite TV receiver to incorporate a “Slingbox” TV streaming device to enable programmes received by satellite to be watched live or recorded over the internet on a desktop or tablet PC, or smartphone anywhere in World.

The HDS-600RS receiver is available for the UK Freesat service broadcast via ASTRA 28.2°E and also includes two tuners and a PVR hard disc drive recorder

Visit www.echostareurope.com further info

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28.2, Satellite, TV

  • Apr
  • 08

Market Research company, GfK has recorded 200,000 3D-ready televisions sold in Germany in 2010, a figure it considers a success for 3D TV. GfK predicts total German sales of over 1 million sets by the end of 2011 and expects Germans to be equipping their living rooms with 3D products, such as satellite set-top boxes, this year.

Eight channels broadcast in 3D via ASTRA satellites, including pay-TV channels for viewers in Germany, UK, France, Spain and Sweden.

Visit www.gfkrt.com for further info

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3DTV, Germany

 

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