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 public broadcaster WDR will transmit all regional windows of its TV channel WDR Fernsehen in HD quality on Astra (19.2° East) from March 3, 2021.
German home shopping channel 1-2-3.tv will remain available in SD and HD resolution to DTH households 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.
German public broadcaster ZDF will continue to offer its TV channels in SD resolution via the Astra satellite system (19.2 degrees East).
DTH satellite continues to be the leading TV reception infrastructure in Germany.
Four German home-shopping broadcasters have renewed their agreements for the distribution of their channels in SD resolution on Astra (19.2° East).
The free-TV channels of German commercial broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will continue to be available in SD quality unencrypted via Astra (19.2° East) until at least 2024.
German home-shopping broadcaster QVC Deutschland will launch a second Ultra HD channel on Astra (19.2° East) on October 1, 2019.
MX1, the technical services subsidiary of Astra satellite operator SES, has concluded an extended service agreement with Sky Deutschland.