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  • Apr
  • 11

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.

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5, ASTRA, TV broadcasting

  • Apr
  • 07

Hot on the heels of the agreement between UK free-to-air satellite platform, Freesat and TV maker, Panasonic to incorporate Freesat’s Freetime EPG in Panasonic smart TVs, Freesat has made a similar agreement with Vestel,  the World’s third biggest TV maker, to use Freetime in the Turkish manufacturer’s TVs and set-top boxes.

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28.2, ASTRA, set-top box, smart tv

  • Apr
  • 07

The five HD channels from German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 will broadcast free-to-air over the Easter period. From April 18 until April 21, viewers with an HD TV and receiver, and a dish for Astra 19.2°E, will be able to watch Pro7, Sat.1, Kabel Eins, Sixx and ProSieben Maxx in high definition without any viewing card.


  • Mar
  • 25

5B is Up

By: SES

The new ASTRA 5B satellite has been successfully launched into orbit to provide more capacity for broadcasts to Eastern Europe and neighbouring countries. ASTRA 5B will be positioned at the 31.5°E orbital position, where ASTRA 1G is currently in use, to provide direct-to-home TV broadcasts and channel feeds to cable and terrestrial TV networks in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

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31.5, ASTRA, Satellite

  • Mar
  • 25

Panasonic is adding Freetime to its new integrated Freesat satellite TV sets. Available in most of Panasonic’s 2014 range  of Viera smart TVs, including 4K models, the Freetime EPG allows viewers to ‘roll back’ their TV guide for the past seven days and access viewing recommendations and the major online catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5. Freetime has previously been available only in Freesat set-top boxes.

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28.2, ASTRA, Freesat

  • Mar
  • 14

New NPO Names

By: SES

Dutch public broadcaster Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO) has rebranded its DTH thematic channels. Comedy channel HumorTV24 is now called NPO Humor TV, entertainment channel Best24 is now NPO Best, documentary channel HollandDoc24 is NPO Doc, news channel Politiek24 is NPO Politiek and children’s channel Z@pp/Z@ppelin24 has become NPO Zapp.

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23.5, ASTRA, DTH, TV broadcasting

  • Mar
  • 14

According to Polish public broadcaster, Telewizja Polska (TVP), HbbTV services on its hybrid broadcast/online platform are now used by more than 320,000 viewers in Poland. TVP expects this to rise to 500,000 by the end of the year.

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19.2, ASTRA, HbbTV, Poland

  • Mar
  • 07

German pay TV platform Sky Deutschland is adding three new high definition channels to the platform in April. TNT Glitz HD shows fashion and lifestyle documentaries, series and films aimed at a young female audience (including hit series, Girls) as part of the Sky Welt HD package. Spiegel Geschichte HD is showing documentaries about German and World history and is available to all satellite customers, as is Disney Junior HD which carries series and films for pre-school children.

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19.2, ASTRA, Sky Deutschland

  • Mar
  • 07

Skylink, the DTH satellite TV platform for residents of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, has introduced adult channel Penthouse TV to four of its subscriber packages. The HD version of Penthouse TV has previously been available to Skylink subscribers but was removed from the platform last year in favour of rival adult channel, Hustler TV. The platform now includes both channels, and Penthouse TV can be viewed by subscribers to the Kombi, MultiHD, Flexi7 and Komplet packages.


  • Feb
  • 28

Viewers of German commercial channel RTL using an HbbTV set-top box or smart TV can now access the Dooloop online music channel. Dooloop joins the Clipfish music channel on RTL’s free red button service but offers less charts-orientated music with track selection by genre.

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19.2, ASTRA, HbbTV, RTL

 

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