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  • 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

  • Nov
  • 21

The ASTRA 5B satellite, due to be launched on December 6, will now not ascend to the 31.5°E orbital position until January 2014. Although the ASTRA satellite is ready for launch, availability of the other craft, which is to share the launch rocket, has been delayed.

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ASTRA, Satellite

  • Nov
  • 11

Look Who’s 50

By: SES

The 50th anniversary episode of internationally popular BBC science fiction show, Doctor Who will be shown simultaneously throughout the world at 7.50pm (GMT) on November 23, in what is thought will be the world’s largest simulcast of a drama.


  • Oct
  • 09

ASTRA Aloft

By: SES

ASTRA 2E, the 54th satellite from operator SES, has been launched to the 28.2°E orbital position. After a 10-week delay due to problems with the rocket, the latest ASTRA satellite successfully lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 30. After in-orbit testing, ASTRA 2E will join ASTRA 2F, launched in September 2012 and other the ASTRA satellites at 28.2°E providing SD and HD direct-to-home satellite TV for the UK and Ireland, and for the Middle East and Africa.

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28.2, ASTRA, Satellite

  • Jun
  • 20

Worldwide revenues from direct-to-home satellite TV (subscription fees and pay-per-view income) will for the first time overtake cable this year. According to the ‘Digital TV World Revenue Forecasts’ report from Digital TV Research, satellite TV is expected to account for 45.9% of the global pay TV revenues in 2013, the same as cable, but while satellite’s share will rise to 47.6% by 2018, the proportion from cable will fall to 40.7%.

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Digital TV, IPTV, Satellite

  • May
  • 25

Sony UK has revealed prices for its forthcoming 4K Ultra HD TV sets that are considerably lower than expected, and likely to more quickly establish the new higher definition TV format when satellite broadcasts start in the next few years. The 55in and 65in models boast 3840x2160 resolution screens – four times the detail of current HD images – for Ultra HD display, and will be available in shops in the next few weeks for £4,000 (about €4700) and £6,000 (€7000) respectively – a huge reduction on initial predicted prices of £15,000 and more.

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ASTRA, DTH, Satellite, UK

  • May
  • 25

The most complete online catch-up TV service in the UK is available to owners of Sky+ HD boxes, with access to missed programmes from hundreds of channels including the bouquets of all four main national networks, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 (from BBC iPlayer, ITV player, 4OD and Demand5, respectively) along with content from Sky Movies, Sky Sports, and Sky TV channels such as Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, as well as National Geographic Channel, History, and Crime & Investigation Network.

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28.2, ASTRA, DTH, Satellite, UK

  • May
  • 15

Entertainment and celebrity channel, E! is now available in high definition to viewers in Germany and Austria from the Sky Deutschland pay-TV platform. The female-skewed channel mixes locally produced shows, such as Fulminant, reporting on German events and celebrities, with international shows such as Live from the Red Carpet, Fashion Police, and The Saturdays – The Way Up.


  • May
  • 15

German Record

By: SES

Despite the availability of online TV and on-demand services, nearly a third of German viewers regularly ‘time shift’ broadcast TV – record a show to watch at a later date – according to research from German trade association, Bitkom.

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ASTRA, Germany, Satellite

  • May
  • 10

According to the SES`annual market research study "Satellite Monitor" in conjunction with the Establishment Survey and conducted by GfK Ukraine, 22% of all households in the Ukraine now receive satellite TV, with 98% of them watching channels from ASTRA satellites, principally those at the ASTRA 5°E and ASTRA 31.5°E orbital positions, where the Viasat Ukraina and Ukrkosmos platforms broadcast.

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ASTRA, Satellite

 

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