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.
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The ASTRA 1N satellite, launched on August 6, is now fully operational in its new home at 28.2°E alongside ASTRA 2A, ASTRA 2B and ASTRA 2D. The ASTRA 1N satellite has 52 transponders which will serve broadcasters to the UK and Ireland, and provide an additional orbital position for the ASTRA2Connect broadband-by-satellite service.
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By: SES ASTRA
Sky in the UK has announced that its direct-to-home service has 10 million TV customers in the UK and Republic of Ireland, or about 36% of British and Irish households. This comfortably meets Sky’s self-imposed target of 10 million viewers by the end of 2010 that was set in 2004 when Sky had some 7.6 million customers.
BSkyB estimates that some 25 million people now watch Sky TV and report that about a third of the Sky households subscribe to high definition TV. Sky broadcasts to the UK via the ASTRA 28.2°E satellites.