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.
Joachim Knör will become the new head of key account management at Media Broadcast on November 1, 2016.