The first French-language channel for fans of fighting sports has launched as part of the CanalSat France satellite pay TV platform. Kombat Sport provides coverage of live events, documentaries and magazine shows on boxing, Muay Thai, kick-boxing, sumo, judo, karate, Capoeira and other martial arts. Kombat Sport broadcasts 24 hours a day in high definition in the CanalSat Panorama basic package, from the ASTRA 19.2°E satellite position.
Visit www.kombatsport.lu for more information
BeIN Sports, the sports service for France from Qatar broadcaster, Al Jazeera, has passed the 1 million subscriber mark, less than six months after the service started. BeIN Sports 1 and BeIN Sports 2 broadcast a football-heavy schedule in both SD and HD from the ASTRA 19.2°E satellites, as part of the CanalSat France and Orange packages.
Visit www.beinsport.fr for more information
European music channel iConcerts has agreed a deal with Universal Music France to air concerts of artists including Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Oasis, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, and Bob Marley. This is the first time the channel has collaborated with a music label, having previous partnered artists and concert producers. iConcerts broadcasts in high definition as part of the MagtiSat platform on ASTRA 31.5°E and Satellite BG on ASTRA 23.5°E.
Visit www.iconcerts.com for more information.
Canal+ has added international football matches from more than 30 national teams for the next two seasons, including the 2014 World Cup, to its FOOT+ service. FOOT+ is carried by satellite and online, and available to CanalSat subscribers for €8/month. CanalSat broadcasts from the ASTRA 19.2°E satellites.
Visit www.footplus.fr for more information
Satellite viewers in France are set to enjoy a wealth of on-screen football and other sports thanks to the beIN Sports 1 channel, which launched at the start of the month, and beIN Sports 2, which will begin broadcasting on July 27. Broadcasting in both standard definition and high definition from the ASTRA 19.2°E satellites, the Al Jazeera-owned channels are available to CanalSat and Orange subscribers.
Over 650,000 receivers for TNTSat, the French digital terrestrial TV offer via satellite, were sold during 2011, which, as the service approaches its fifth anniversary, brings the total number of systems sold to 3.3 million.
TNTSat provides access to the full TNT service for viewers across all of France unable to receive it terrestrially, including 19 free-to-air channels, the 24 regional versions of France 3, and TV8 Mont Blanc (with Arte, France 2, M6 and TF1 in high definition), as well as 11 additional French-language channels and 40 French radio stations, all broadcast from ASTRA 19.2°E.
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By: SES ASTRA
800,000 receivers for TNTSat, the French digital terrestrial offer via satellite, were sold during 2010. Launched in 2007, TNTSat provides access to 18 free-to-air channels, France O, the 24 regional France 3 channels, plus Arte, France 2, M6 and TF1 in HD, and is available to all French households with a satellite dish aimed at ASTRA 19.2°E and a TNTSat receiver. A total of 2.65 million TNTSat receivers have now been sold.
“The continued strong growth of TNTSAT is driven by digitalisation and the analogue switch-off in more and more French regions,” said SES ASTRA President and CEO, Ferdinand Kayser. “With 14 French regions shifting to purely digital reception in 2011, we expect the growth of TNTSAT to continue with strong momentum.”
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By: SES ASTRA
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.
France Télé-Numérique, the French body setup to oversee the digital switchover in France, has reported that the switch-off on March 9 of analogue terrestrial TV services in Lower Normandy has left some of those viewers who were previously dependent on analogue terrestrial TV, without access to television, and that research by the Agence nationale des fréquences (ANFR) has shown that these households will require satellite TV systems to restore their TV viewing.
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Secretary of State for the Development of the digital economy has asked France Télé-Numérique to extend the period of subsidies for households in this region to purchase digital satellite TV equipment.
A satellite alternative to digital terrestrial TV in France is provided by TNTSat via the ASTRA satellites at 19.2°E.
TNTSAT, the satellite-delivered offer of French digital terrestrial TV, is now received by over 2.3 million homes. Broadcast since 2007 via ASTRA 19.2°E, TNTSAT provides 43 free-to-view channels (including the 24 regional versions of France 3) in SD, and four channels in HD, across France for homes unable to receive the terrestrial broadcasts.
Nearly 9% of TV households in France now use a TNTSAT compatible receiver and smart card, with 800,000 receivers bought in the 12 months to June 2010. SES ASTRA CEO, Ferdinand Kayser commented, "The consistently strong growth shows that French households outside the reach of terrestrial networks adopt TNTSAT as a solution to easily switch to digital television."
Visit www.tntsat.tv for more info.