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  • Aug
  • 30

More football for Sweden

By: SES ASTRA

Swedish broadcaster TV4 has secured rights to show all the qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, to start in September next year, and extended its exclusive broadcasting rights to the UEFA Europa League for another three years up to the 2014/2015 season.

TV4 Sport broadcasts from ASTRA 5°E as part of the Viasat platform.

Visit www.tv4.se/tv4sport for further info

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5, ASTRA, Viasat

  • Aug
  • 25

Over 93% of UK TV homes receive digital TV and nearly 76% of second TV sets in the UK have been converted to digital too, according to research from Ofcom, the UK communications regulator. The Ofcom data also shows that in the twelve months to March 2011, 700,000 more homes received Freesat free-to-air satellite TV via ASTRA 28.2°E and over 36% of TV homes received satellite pay-TV.

Visit www.ofcom.org.uk for further info


  • Aug
  • 25

Cost of 3D Falling Fast

By: SES ASTRA

A study by consumer electronics shopping website, Retrevo has found that the price premium of 3D TVs over non-3D sets has fallen by 65% in the past year. The study of retail prices of 47in-50in (115cm-123cm) 1080p ‘full HD’ sets from top brands including LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and others shows that the additional cost to buyers for a 3D TV is currently $400, fallen from over $900 12 months ago.

Retrevo’s study claims that the high price premium is one of the most common reasons consumers cite for not buying a 3D TV, and predicts that the 3D price difference could drop as low as $150–$200 before the end of the year, in time for the Christmas shopping season.

ASTRA satellites currently carry 11 channels broadcasting in 3D at 19.2°E, 28.2°E, 23.5°E and 5°E.

Visit www.retrevo.com for further info

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3DTV

  • Aug
  • 23

Sky Deutschland has launched the Sky Anytime service to provide subscribers with films and programmes on-demand. Similar to Sky UK’s existing Sky Anytime, the Sky Deutschland Anytime service does not require an online connection and downloads a selection of programmes overnight to a special section of the hard disc drive inside viewers’ Sky+ receiver, ready for instant viewing when required.

A new EPG supporting Sky Anytime has been distributed to Sky Deutschland Sky+ receivers. Sky Deutschland broadcasts to residents of Germany and Austria via the ASTRA 19.2°E satellites.

Visit www.sky.de for further info

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19.2, ASTRA, Germany

  • Aug
  • 19

Prices for TVs of 40in (102cm) and larger have now reached the level of mass market appeal, and there is a groundswell of consumer demand for larger sized screens, according to research company, Futuresource Consulting. Demand for larger TVs is expected to grow, especially as early adopters of flat panel TVs are looking to replace their original set with a larger more feature-rich model, opting for ultra-thin bezels, connectivity, energy saving and 3D capability.

By 2015 nearly 65 million homes, or 40% of households, in Western Europe will own a 3D-ready TV, says Futuresource, although not all will be used for 3D viewing as increasingly 3D capability will be built-in to TVs by default.

There are currently 10 channels broadcasting in 3D from ASTRA satellites at 19.2°E, 28.2°E and 23.5°E, and Futuresource says that in the last year the number of broadcasters worldwide that are planning 3D content has grown almost threefold.

Visit www.futuresource-consulting.com for further info

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3DTV

  • Aug
  • 08

A report by Digital TV Research forecasts that the number of DTH pay-TV households worldwide will reach 195 million by the end of 2016, up from 139 million last year, and 119 million homes will watch FTA satellite in 2016 (up from 97 million in 2010). India will lead the field with nearly 45 million pay-DTH homes in 2016, with US second (36,469,000) and UK third (10,682,000).

Visit www.digitaltvresearch.com for further info

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TV

  • Aug
  • 05

UK Catches Up

By: SES ASTRA

Almost 70% of respondents to a UK survey by online market research company, YouGov have recently watched catch-up TV services, such as the BBC’s iPlayer and Channel 4’s 4OD. Users cite the main reasons for watching catch-up TV as the convenience of viewing, the quality of content, and to avoid advertising.

Catch-up TV is expected to drive sales of connected TVs, and the BBC iPlayer is already a standard feature in TVs and set-top boxes for the Freesat HD platform broadcast on ASTRA 28.2E.

Visit www.yougov.com for further info


  • Aug
  • 03

Spain Tests HbbTV

By: SES ASTRA

Commercial broadcasting group, Mediaset España has begun beta test broadcasts of programmes using the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) standard, for the first time in Spain. Certain news and drama programmes on entertainment channel, Tele 5 are broadcast with onscreen online content, such as background information and access to social networks for viewers’ interaction.

In the future, HbbTV content will be extended to Mediaset España’s other channels, such as Cuatro, La Siete and Factoría De Ficción, which broadcast as part of the Digital+ platform on ASTRA 19.2°E.

HbbTV is the international initiative co-founded by ASTRA, to combine broadcast and broadband delivery of content to hybrid set-top boxes and TVs.

Visit www.telecinco.es for further info

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Hybrid, Spain

  • Aug
  • 01

Boost for Austrian HD

By: SES ASTRA

Direct-to-home satellite TV provider AustriaSat is launching a four-channel package of high definition channels in September. The service, called HD Austria, is currently undergoing testing and will include HD versions of existing AustriaSat channels, kabel eins Austria, ProSieben Austria, PULS4, and SAT.1 Österreich, and will broadcast from ASTRA 19.2°E to Austrian residents with an HD receiver and ORF Digital viewing card.

With the existing ORF Digital, HD+ and Sky Deutschland platforms, and free-to-air channels, the launch of HD Austria will provide Austrian satellite viewers with 21 German-language HD channels via ASTRA.

Visit www.hdaustria.at for further info

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19.2, ASTRA, Austria, HDTV

 

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