The German analogue DTH switch-off has come a step closer now that the state media authorities suggest all broadcasters end their analogue satellite broadcasts on April 30, 2012.
SES Astra has announced that the Austrian public broadcaster ORF will start broadcasting its second HD channel on Astra. The launch of ORF2 HD on SES Astra’s 19.2 degrees East orbital position is scheduled for December 5 and follows the successful roll-out of ORF1 HD in June 2008.
The German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle is to leave the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees East at the end of the year.
The German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF plan to switch off their analogue transmissions on Astra on April 30, 2012, according to Carl Eugen Eberle, ZDF Director of Legal Affairs, who announced the news during the FRK cable congress in Leipzig.
The Dutch DTH platform Canal Digitaal Satelliet and the Dutch branch of SES-Astra will launch a joint promotional campaign for HD television this November.
The Austrian public broadcaster ORF plans an HD version of its second national channel, ORF 2.
IFA 2009 – Berlin. Ferdinand Kayser, the president and CEO of SES-Astra, has given details of the new HD+ platform during a keynote at the consumer electronics show in Berlin. Rebuffing criticism to the plan for the encrypted HD service, he said existing HD receivers with CI slots will be able to receive the new […]
ANGA, the association of German cable operators, has said the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF should pay for the distribution of their HD channels over cable networks. “ARD and ZDF are spending licence fees for satellite distribution, but expect the cable operators to pass on the extra cost to cable customers,” according to ANGA president […]
IFA 2009 – BERLIN. SES-Astra will show highlights of the consumer electronics show IFA, taking place in Berlin from September 4 – 9.