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  • Apr
  • 05

Arabian News

By: SES

Sky News Arabia, the overseas version of BSkyB’s UK service Sky News aimed at Arab speaking viewers, has launched in the UK. The channel broadcasts from ASTRA 28.2°E as part of the Sky UK platform and is available free-to-air to all viewers of the 28.2°E satellites.

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  • Dec
  • 10

Three for Free

By: SES

Three channels from pay TV broadcaster Sky UK are now available on British subscription-free satellite platform, Freesat. Sky News was the UK’s first dedicated 24-hour news channel and is the latest to join the 11-strong news section of Freesat’s EPG; Pick TV shows entertainment, drama and comedy shows previously broadcast on Sky’s pay TV channels; and Challenge is dedicated to game shows and quiz formats.

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28.2, BSkyB, United Kingdom

  • Sep
  • 24

UK pay-TV platform Sky is launching a channel dedicated to James Bond to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the film franchise and the first film, Dr No, released on 5 October 1962. Sky Movies 007 will operate 24/7 through October and broadcast the entire catalogue of Bond films in high definition, along with behind-the-scenes shows and other supporting programmes. Sky broadcasts to residents of the UK and Ireland from the ASTRA 28.2°E satellites.

Visit www.sky.com for more information


  • Jun
  • 01

Argos on TV

By: SES ASTRA

Argos, the UK’s largest general merchandise retailer is launching a home shopping channel in the summer. Following a deal with BSkyB, Argos TV will be included in the Sky EPG and with the Sky Digital platform broadcasting from the ASTRA 28.2E satellite position. The TV channel will demonstrate and explain products in depth, as well as sell direct to viewers.

Argos already sells its products in stores, online and via print advertisements and Argos says that a satellite TV shopping channel will “add a further dimension to the way in which customers can shop for products from home”.

Visit www.homeretailgroup.com for further info

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28.2, ASTRA, BSkyB, UK

  • May
  • 24

Festivals in 3D

By: SES ASTRA

For the first time the Isle of Wight music festival on June 10-12, featuring Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and Pulp, will be broadcast live in 3D. Sky UK will include two hours of live coverage from each day of the festival on the Sky 3D channel, which Sky says will “bring viewers closer than ever to the real festival experience”.

Over seven hours of September’s Bestival (also held on the Isle of Wight), with performances from The Cure, Primal Scream and Public Enemy, will also be broadcast on Sky 3D.

Sky 3D is broadcast on ASTRA 28.2°E and is available at no additional charge to all Sky World subscribers with a Sky HD receiver and HD ready TV.

Visit www.sky.com for further info

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28.2, ASTRA, BSkyB, UK

  • Mar
  • 04

BSkyB has announced a rise in demand for high definition services of 68% on last year. The pay-TV operator closed 2010 with nearly 10.1 million subscribers in the UK and Ireland, including almost 3.5 million taking Sky’s HD package.

Sky’s operating profit for the second half of the year rose to £491 million (approx €578 million), a rise of 19%, and the average annual revenue per user (ARPU) increased to over £540 (approx €640). Sky’s HD and SD channels are broadcast from the ASTRA 28.2°E satellites.

Visit www.sky.com for further information

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28.2, BSkyB, HDTV, UK

  • Jan
  • 25

February 1 sees the launch of Sky Atlantic, a new entertainment channel broadcast in both SD and HD versions from the Astra 28.2°E position, and free to all 10 million Sky customers across the UK and Ireland. Sky Atlantic will feature films and drama, in particular series such as Boardwalk Empire and Treme from Sky's exclusive output deal with HBO, Mad Men from Lionsgate Television and Blue Bloods and The Borgias from CBS Studios International. The channel will also include UK commissions such as original comedy This Is Jinsy, Paul Abbott’s new drama, Hit and Miss, and Sir David Attenborough’s ground-breaking documentary, Flying Monsters.

Also on February 1, Sky UK will reshuffle the channel order within the Sky EPG. In particular Living will rebrand as Sky Living and move to channel 107, Sky Atlantic will launch in position 108, Comedy Central, Universal, Syfy and FX will move up the EPG channel list, and MTV will be reclassified from Music to Entertainment and move to channel 126. For HD subscribers, 40 HD channels will swap EPG position with their SD counterparts, and so move higher up the EPG list to make the HD version a more natural selection in HD homes. A notable exception is recently launched BBC One HD (channel 143) which will not swap with BBC One (channel 101) in HD homes as the HD channel does not provide the regional variations of the SD version.

Visit www.sky.com for further information

 

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BSkyB, EPG, UK

  • Oct
  • 12

Sky Across The Atlantic

By: SES ASTRA

Following BSkyB’s agreement with HBO in July for Sky UK to carry HBO programmes in the UK, Sky has announced the launch of a new channel, Sky Atlantic HD in early 2011.

Sky Atlantic HD will be home to current US hits including Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and Treme as well as re-runs of old favourites from HBO, such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under and The Pacific.

The channel will be broadcast in high definition from the ASTRA 28.2 E satellite position and available to Sky Variety Pack subscribers.

Visit www.sky.com for more info

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ASTRA, BSkyB, UK

  • Oct
  • 04

3D TV Opens For Business

By: SES ASTRA

Sky TV in the UK launched Europe’s first 3D channel on October 1, broadcast from the Astra 28.2°E satellites. Opening with live coverage of golf’s Ryder Cup, Sky 3D broadcasts 14 hours a day with an event-driven schedule of the biggest box office 3D films, concerts (such as The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala), landmark documentaries (including Sir David Attenborough’s Flying Monsters 3D), and live sports three times a week (including English Premier League football and international rugby and boxing).

The 3D channel will also include programme contributions from sister broadcasters, National Geographic Channel and History Channel. Sky 3D is available at no extra cost to viewers with a top-tier BSkyB subscription, Sky+ HD receiver, and 3D-ready television.

Close behind BSkyB, sister network Sky Deutschland also started 3D services on October 3. Sky Deutschland’s HD-3D service is offering a mixture of sport, films, documentaries and entertainment programming, and launched with golf from the Ryder Cup.

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

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3DTV, ASTRA, BSkyB, HDTV, UK

  • Sep
  • 27

CanalSat is launching HD versions of three of the Canal+ channels already broadcasting in standard definition to subscribers in France. From October 12, Canal+ Cinéma, Canal+ Décalé and Canal+ Family will be offering films and general entertainment programmes in high definition, and bringing the number of HD channels available to CanalSat subscribers to 19 – including Arte, Brava, Canal+, Canal+ Sport, CineCinema Premiere, Discovery, Disney Cinemagic, Eurosport, France 2, M6, MTV, National Geographic, SyFy Universal, TF1, Ushaia, and 13eme Rue

At the end of October, ESPN America is launching an HD version of its US sports channel to subscribers of Sky Deutschland. ESPN America HD will show over 500 top US sports events including NFL American football, Major League Baseball and NHL ice hockey.

Both CanalSat and Sky Deutschland broadcast from the ASTRA satellites at 19.2°E.

From October 5, MTV Networks will launch the first HD version in Europe of children’s channel, Nickelodeon, for UK viewers. The new HD channel joins the MTVN HD and Comedy Central HD channels in the Sky UK pay-TV package and broadcasts from the ASTRA satellites at 28.2°E.

Visit www.canalplus.fr, www.sky.de and www.sky.com for more info

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BSkyB, CanalSat, France, Germany, HDTV, UK

 

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