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  • Apr
  • 26

German analogue channels broadcasting via ASTRA satellites will be switched off on April 30 in favour of digital TV transmissions. The 29 transponders on ASTRA 19.2°E, which currently each carry a single analogue channel, will be used to broadcast many digital satellite TV transmissions, in both standard and high definition.

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19.2, Digital TV, Germany

  • Apr
  • 26

Tele 5, the German entertainment channel from Tele München Gruppe (TMG), is starting a dedicated version for Austrian viewers on May 1. Like the original German channel, Tele 5 Austria will broadcast free-to-air from the ASTRA 19.2°E satellite position and feature US films and television series. TMG already broadcasts two channels, ATV and ATV2 for Austrian viewers as part of the ORF Digital package.

Visit www.tmg.de for further information

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19.2

  • Apr
  • 17

The first 3D televisions for the home that do not require special 3D glasses have gone on sale in the UK. The Toshiba 55ZL2 has a 135cm (55in) screen equipped with a lenticular filter and a built-in camera that detects the position of up to nine viewers’ faces watching the TV to direct the left and right images to the correct eye of each viewer. The 3D effect is less pronounced than that from conventional 3D TVs with glasses, and it requires viewers to keep still. The television offers four times normal full HD resolution, includes a digital satellite TV tuner and costs around £7000 (€8500).

Visit www.toshiba.co.uk for further information

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3DTV

  • Apr
  • 16

HD+ Reaches 13

By: SES

The high definition version of German entertainment channel, Super RTL is launching on May 1st to become the 13th channel on the HD+ platform of free HD channels for German residents. With its established mix of family entertainment series, Super RTL HD will be joining RTL HD and RTL 2 HD, and the other ten channels that make up the HD+ platform on ASTRA 19.2°E – Comedy Central HD, kabel eins HD, N24 HD, Nickelodeon HD, ProSieben HD, Sat.1 HD, sixx HD, SPORT1 HD, Tele 5 HD, and Vox HD

Visit www.hd-plus.de for further information

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HD+

  • Apr
  • 16

NHK Heads North

By: SES

NHK World, the English-language service from Japan’s state broadcaster NHK, can for the first time be viewed via satellite in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Featuring a 24-hour service of Japanese and international news, as well as programmes on arts and music in Japan, and travelogues and tourism guides to the country, NHK World is broadcast as part of the Viasat platform via the ASTRA 4A satellite at 5°E.

Visit www.viasat.se for further information

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5, ASTRA, Viasat

  • Apr
  • 11

Olympics in 3D

By: SES

As host nation broadcaster for the 2012 London Olympic Games, the BBC will be broadcasting some events live in 3D. These include the Opening Ceremony (July 27), the Men’s 100m final and the Closing Ceremony, and for these events, the standard definition broadcast will be on BBC One, high definition simulcast on BBC One HD and the 3D transmission on the BBC HD Channel. The BBC HD Channel will also carry a one-hour highlights programme in 3D at the end of each day.

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28.2, BBC

  • Apr
  • 05

Sky UK and the BBC are teaming up to provide blanket live coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games with 48 new channels broadcast via satellite. Up to 24 SD channels and 24 HD channels will broadcast simultaneously to show 2500 hours of live BBC coverage of the games, with every sport from archery to wrestling. The 48 new Sky channels will broadcast free-to-air from the ASTRA 28.2°E satellite position and will be included in the Sports section of Sky’s Electronic Programme Guide from July 24.

Visit www.sky.com for further information

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28.2, BBC, UK

  • Apr
  • 05

Out of Africa

By: SES

All “the beauty of Africa” is now available to DTH viewers across Europe from the AF-TV channel. Broadcasting free-to-air via the ASTRA 23.5°E satellites, AF-TV programmes include news and documentaries, family and spiritual-oriented programs, and community profiles.

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23.5

  • Apr
  • 05

Skylink, the DTH platform for residents of the Czech Republic and Slovakia has introduced a new film channel for subscribers. Film+ offers a wide variety of Czech and international films in all genres and is included in Skylink’s Multi, Kombi, Multi HD and Komplet packages without additional charge. Film+ broadcasts from ASTRA 3B at 23.5°E.

Visit www.skylink.cz for further information

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23.5, ASTRA, DTH, Skylink

 

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