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  • Apr
  • 22

HD+ 4 = 20

By: SES

Four new channels have been added to HD+, to bring the number of HD channels on the German high definition satellite platform to 20. The new additions are news channel n-tv HD, male orientated entertainment channels ProSieben Maxx HD and RTL Nitro HD, and women’s lifestyle channel TLC HD.

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19.2, ASTRA, Germany, HD+

  • Apr
  • 22

The Czech Republic state broadcaster Česká Televize (CT) has added two children’s online applications to the HbbTV services offered alongside its broadcast channels. One app provides information and video on children’s programmes broadcast on CT channels and the second offers an interactive children’s video-based quiz for up to four viewers. Both apps are accessed via the Red Button on HbbTV TVs and set-top boxes.

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23.5, ASTRA, Czech republic, HbbTV

  • Apr
  • 22

Leading German pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland reports that in 2013 its audience increased by over 300,000 subscribers to 3,667,000. Nearly half of these (1.8 million) subscribe to Sky’s high definition package. The broadcaster expects to add up to another 450,000 new subscribers to the service in 2014.

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19.2, ASTRA, Sky Deutschland

  • 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

 

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