The Belgian satellite DTH Platform TéléSat will launch HD versions of Belgian pubcaster RTBF’s La Une and commercial broadcaster RTL TVi.
The Luxembourg-based M7 Group has signed a contract for additional capacity at Astra’s 19.2 degrees East orbital position for its Belgian viewers.
The Luxembourg based M7 Group will be required to pay authors rights associations Sabam and Agicoa Belgium for its DTH satellite transmissions, following a verdict from the European Court.
The M7 Group has leased two additional transponders on Astra 23.5 degrees East. The newly contracted capacity will be used for the further extension of the HD line-up of CanalDigitaal, M7 Group’s DTH platform for the Dutch market.
The M7 Group has said more than 100,000 customers have now registered to its two Belgian DTH platforms, TV Vlaanderen in the Dutch-speaking Flanders and TéléSat for the French-speaking part of the country.
The activities of the three Benelux DTH platforms Canal Digitaal Satelliet, TV Vlaanderen and TeleSat will be consolidated into a single company, the M7 Group, in Luxembourg. The group plans expansion in further territories, starting with Luxembourg.
The Belgian DTH platform Telesat will launch a special version for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, which will use the Astra and Eutelsat satellites for the distribution of its channels. The operator claims it is the ‘new alternative for cable and DSL’.