BVN, the public broadcaster for Dutch and Flemish citizens abroad, will end its broadcasts own the Astra 1L satellite at 19.2 degrees East, but will stay on the Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees East.
Swiss public broadcaster SRG will terminate digital terrestrial TV broadcasting (DVB-T) next year without replacement. There will be no transition to DVB-T2 as in neighbouring Germany and Austria.
Eutelsat will replace the satellites at the Hot Bird position with two larger all-electric satellites from Airbus Defence and Space.
Eutelsat’s navigation app Sat.tv has won the European Digital Forum 2018 award at the 15th European Digital Forum in Lucca, Italy.
German public broadcaster ZDF will show selected Ultra HD (UHD) programmes on Eutelsat’s UHD showcase channel 4K1 on Hotbird (13° East) during trade fair ANGA COM 2018.
Elettronica Industriale, a subsidiary of the Italian group Mediaset, has signed a multi-year capacity agreement with Eutelsat to launch Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4 in HD.
German public broadcaster ZDF has terminated its distribution on Eutelsat’s Hotbird satellite system at 13° East at the end of 2017, a ZDF spokeswoman confirmed to Broadband TV News.
German public broadcaster ARD will terminate the distribution of its main TV channel Das Erste on Eutelsat’s Hotbird satellite system at 13° East on March 31, 2017.
Swiss public broadcaster SRG SSR will continue to transmit its TV and radio channels for DTH satellite households via Hotbird (13° East).
Eutelsat said it has added 240 HD channels in 2016 equalling the total number launched during the previous two years.