German Christian free-TV channel Bibel TV will continue broadcasting in SD resolution via the Astra satellite system (19.2° East) in the coming years.
Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES is bundling its activities in the German-language market and placing its B2B and B2C business with the operational brands Astra Deutschland and HD+ under the leadership of long-time SES manager Norbert Hölzle.
German broadcaster Sport1 will continue to distribute its service in SD and HD resolution via the Astra satellite system (19.2° East).
German public broadcaster ARD has confirmed that it will postpone the switch-off of its SD channels on the Astra satellite system (19.2° East) originally scheduled for January 2021.
Wolfgang Elsäßer, long-standing managing director of Astra Deutschland and most recently head of TV at Deutsche Telekom, will make a move to Switzerland.
Astra Deutschland and Glasfaser ABC have launched a joint solution for serving multi-family houses and housing estates with satellite TV using a single dish (SMATV).
DTH satellite reception remains the most used TV reception method in Germany: Its reach rose by around 130,000 households to 17.72 million in 2017.
SD switch-off on Astra (19.2° East) comes closer with German public broadcaster ARD having renewed its contract with satellite operator SES for SD distribution only until mid-2020.
MX1, the technical services subsidiary of Astra satellite operator SES, is providing content aggregation for a number of channels from the new digital TV platform offered by German ISP 1&1.
Wolfgang Elsäßer, former managing director of Astra Deutschland, will head the new business unit TV at German telco Deutsche Telekom.