Discovery Networks has launched a new channel aimed at women viewers in Central and Eastern Europe. Investigation Discovery Xtra (ID Xtra) is an off-shoot of the existing (more male-orientated) Investigation Discovery channel and focuses on real-life mysteries, suspense and crime, including Tabloid, a show exploring bizarre crime stories hosted by Jerry Springer. ID Xtra is broadcast in English, Hungarian, and Russian from the ASTRA 4A satellite at 5°E and the channel is expected to launch in countries in the rest of Europe in due course.
A new news and information channel has begun broadcasting to satellite dish owners in the Ukraine. Espreso TV is unencrypted and joins more than 30 Ukrainian-language channels broadcasting free-to-air on the ASTRA 4A satellite at 5°E
According to a report from Digital TV Research, the number of digital TV homes in Eastern Europe will nearly double between 2012 and 2018 to 121 million, with 13 million digital TV homes added in 2013 alone.
English Club TV, the English-language teaching channel, has launched a high definition version of the channel available to viewers in the Ukraine and CIS and Baltic countries. ECTV is aimed at viewers of all ages who want to learn or improve their English. The channel broadcasts from the ASTRA 4A satellite at 5°E and as part of the MagtiSat platform from ASTRA 1G at 31.5°E.
Visit www.english-club.tv for more information
Pay TV platform Viasat has launched three new high definition TV1000 film channels for Russian speakers in the Ukraine and CIS countries. TV1000 Premium HD carries premieres of Hollywood titles, TV1000 Megahit HD includes Russian blockbusters premieres, and TV1000 Comedy HD is dedicated to US comedy films. The three channels broadcast 24 hours a day from the ASTRA 4A satellite at 5°E, together with existing Viasat film channels, TV1000 East, TV1000 Russian Kino and TV1000 Action East.
By 2017 there will be over 1.3 billion homes worldwide receiving digital TV, according to a survey from Digital TV Research. The survey, which covers 80 countries, says that nearly 650 million digital TV homes will be added between 2011 and 2017, and penetration of digital TV will reach 87% in five years' time. ASTRA satellites currently broadcast digital TV to more than 135 million homes across Europe and beyond from 19.2°E, 28.2°E, 23.5°E, 5°E and 31.5°E.
Children’s channel KidsCo is now watched by over 15 million subscribers across Europe, Africa and Asia. Aimed at children aged 6-10 and with programming that is family friendly, safe and non-violent, KidsCo broadcasts to Europe by ASTRA satellites at 19.2°E and 5°E.
Visit www.kidscotv.tv for more information
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
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
By: SES ASTRA
The Playhouse Disney preschool children’s channel is changing its name to Disney Junior. The rebranded channel maintains its schedule of cartoons and live studio shows but aims to reach further up the age range, catering for 2-7 year olds.
Playhouse Disney broadcasts in different versions for different European countries, including the UK (on ASTRA 28.2°E), Germany (ASTRA 19.2°E and ASTRA 23.5°E), France (ASTRA 19.2°E) and Scandinavia (ASTRA 5°E). In the UK (the first country worldwide to receive Playhouse Disney), the channel has already made the name change and other countries will follow during the year, starting with France on May 28.
Visit www.disneyinternational.com for further info