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  • Feb
  • 25

TV1000, one of the longest established European satellite TV channels is changing to Viasat Film from March 3. The Nordic film channel was one of the original broadcasters on the ASTRA 1A satellite at 19.2°E in 1989 and is now part of the Viasat pay-TV platform for Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland on the ASTRA 4A satellite at 5°E.

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ASTRA, HDTV, Viasat

  • Feb
  • 25

Three manufacturers have been confirmed to produce ‘next generation’ receivers for the UK’s free-to-air satellite service Freesat later this year. Humax, Manhattan and Sagemcom will produce the new hybrid boxes, which run the HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) platform, established by broadcasting and electronics companies including SES (operator of the ASTRA satellites). HbbTV enables content delivered via the Internet, such as catch up services and television ‘apps', to be seamlessly integrated with broadcast TV via satellite. Freesat broadcasts via the ASTRA 28.2°E satellites.

Visit www.freesat.co.uk for further information

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28.2, ASTRA, HbbTV

  • Feb
  • 25

The Big Fleet

By: SES

ASTRA craft make up a third of the satellite fleet of owner and operator SES, which now numbers 50 TV satellites with the successful launch of the latest, largest and most powerful member, SES-4 to 22°W. Upcoming additions to the fleet include ASTRA 2F, which will join 28.2°E towards the end of the year to provide digital TV channels to the UK and Ireland, and ASTRA 5B, which will be positioned at 31.5°E for direct-to-home and other broadcasts to eastern Europe in 2013.

Visit www.ses.com for further information

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SES, Satellite

  • Feb
  • 24

HDMI for all

By: SES

An HDMI connection was found in every digital television sold in 2011, according to research from NPD In-Stat. The HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) interface was first used to connect high definition satellite set-top boxes to HD TVs, and is the recommended interface for TVs with the HD-Ready certification set up by EICTA and SES in 2005 for HD reception via ASTRA satellites.

HDMI use has spread to devices such as PC monitors, cameras, and mobile phones. NPD In-Stat. says that “HDMI has become the universal interface for nearly all advanced consumer electronics devices” and expects annual shipments of HDMI-enabled devices to exceed 1 billion by 2014.

Visit www.instat.com for further information

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HDTV

  • Feb
  • 22

Sky UK will launch a new channel dedicated to Formula 1 motor racing next month when the F1 season begins. Available in both HD and SD versions, Sky Sports F1 will show every race, practice and qualifying session live with on-board and behind-the-scenes footage, along with interviews, archive action and weekly magazine shows.

Sky Sports F1 will broadcast encrypted from ASTRA 28.2°E and be available for free to Sky subscribers to both Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 or the HD pack of channels.

Visit www.sky.com for more information

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UK

  • Feb
  • 20

There are now 180 TV and radio channels broadcasting on Freesat, the UK free-to-air satellite platform. Recent additions include music channel Chart Show TV+1, ‘Bollywood’ film channel UMP Movies, and five channels from Channel 5 – Channel 5+1 (a one-hour delayed version), 5* and 5*+1 (soaps, drama, documentaries and comedies), and 5 USA and 5 USA+1 (drama, action films and sport from the US) – which were previously only available encrypted by satellite. Freesat broadcasts from ASTRA 28.2°E.

Visit www.freesat.co.uk for more information

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ASTRA, Freesat, UK

  • Feb
  • 10

A surge of new subscribers to Sky UK at the end of 2011 has increased the total number of customers in the UK and Ireland to 10.471 million. Over 60% of Sky customers now use the Sky HD receiver and over 4 million subscribe to Sky HD channels (up by more than half a million on 2010). Sky UK broadcasts from the ASTRA 28.2°E satellites

Meanwhile, German pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland reached more than 3 million subscribers at the end of 2011. Nearly 360,000 new subscribers were added during the year bringing the total number of customers to 3,012,000. In 2011, the number of customers with Sky+ PVR receivers grew more than tenfold to 411,000, and HD subscribers increased by more than 60% to 974,000. Sky Deutschland broadcasts from the ASTRA 19.2°E satellite position.

Visit www.sky.com and www.sky.de for further information


  • Feb
  • 09

European cultural channel, ARTE will broadcast a day of 3D programmes on Sunday February 19. The ARTE HD channel, which broadcasts free-to-air from ASTRA 19.2°E, will carry five 3D productions from 3pm, including animal documentary, Little Monsters, the glossy documentary France's Most Beautiful Coasts, dance film Flamenco Hoy, and a 2010 concert by Marina and the Diamonds.  Viewers without the 3D receiver and TV required to watch in 3D can watch the programmes in conventional 2D on the other ARTE channels on ASTRA 19.2°E.

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3DTV, TV

 

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