TecTime TV, the German thematic channel covering technology and multimedia news, will become available again as a conventional broadcast TV channel on the Astra satellite system at 19.2 degrees East from early August 2016.
“We have finalised the build-up of further distribution methods and can now refocus on linear TV on Astra,” TecTime TV founder Christian Mass said in Munich. The ad-supported free-to-air channel will transmit unencrypted on the frequency 12.633 GHz H (SR 22,000, FEC 5/6).
“What has changed? We will occupy less bandwidth, but can in return finally transmit live if required and we will do so,” explained Mass.
TecTime TV (formerly Dr. Dish TV) terminated its conventional Astra distribution in February 2016 in favour of an HbbTV signalisation which brought the channel onto viewers’ TV screens as an OTT service via internet when they selected TecTime TV in the channel list of their satellite receiver.
The other distribution methods will be maintained despite the return to Astra, according to the channel, including the livestream on its website, on smart TV portals, YouTube and on Media Broadcast’s multithek (Freenet TV Connect in future) as well as the smartphone/tablet apps (Android/iOS) and the Amazon Fire TV app.
TecTime TV also wants to expand to further cable networks.