German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle will launch a new TV channel in English language on Astra (19.2° East) on June 22, 2015.
German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have stressed that they will continue to transmit their TV channels unencrypted via satellite despite pressure from rights holders.
German subscription broadcaster Sky Deutschland has acquired the TV rights for the World Men’s Handball Championship 2015 in Qatar and will broadcast all 88 games exclusively in Germany and Austria.
German youth TV broadcaster joiz will transmit its channel only on the internet and on free-of-charge distribution platforms in future with the cable and DTH satellite distribution to be closed down.
Switzerland’s public radio and television broadcaster SRG SSR will transmit its TV channels solely in high definition (HD) via satellite in future.
Astra satellite operator SES celebrates 25 years of direct-to-home (DTH) satellite reception from its orbital position 19.2° East in Germany.
German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have decided not to show the games of the World Men’s Handball Championship 2015 taking place from January 15 to February 1 in Qatar due to a dispute regarding the channel’s unencrypted availability on satellite beyond German borders which is opposed by rights holder beIN Sports.
German commercial TV group ProSiebenSat.1 will surprise its viewers at this year’s Christmas with free reception of the HD versions of its free-to-air channels.
German-Turkish TV channel Türkshow has launched on the Astra satellite system at 19.2° East, broadcasting unencrypted to DTH households in Europe on the frequency 11.612 GHz H (SR 22,000, FEC 5/6).
SES Broadband Services, the internet via satellite subsidiary of satellite operator SES, has won the contracts to provide its Astra Connect for communities satellite broadband service to 36 German villages located across the Eifel district of Bitburg-Prüm.