CS Link increases ASTRA capacity for HD and SD Services

Date: Mon, 06/22/2009 - 12:33

SES ASTRA, an SES company, announced that the Czech Pay-TV platform CS Link has increased its satellite capacity at ASTRA’s prime orbital position 23.5 degrees East by one additional transponder. The new capacity will be used to broadcast an enhanced programme package in both HD and SD formats

CS Link increases ASTRA capacity for HD and SD Services

CS Link currently broadcasts 32 digital TV channels and 13 radio programmes in the Czech Republic, reaching 350,000 customers. With this new agreement, CS Link will use four transponders on the ASTRA satellite system.
SES ASTRA is successfully developing its 23.5 degrees East orbital position into a new location for Direct-to-Home (DTH) broadcasting. From that position ASTRA 3A, ASTRA 1E and ASTRA 1G currently serve Central Europe, the Benelux countries and German cable networks and offer the high-speed broadband service ASTRA2Connect.
By using a simple technical device, the Duo LNB (low noise block converter), satellite households can significantly increase their choice of international free-to-air channels, and receive signals from two ASTRA positions, 19.2 degrees East and 23.5 degrees East simultaneously via one dish.
“The increase of ASTRA capacity by CS Link further strengthens our position in the Central and Eastern European markets and confirms our view that these markets continue to develop dynamically,” says Alexander Oudendijk, Chief Commercial Officer of SES ASTRA.
“We are pleased to extend the cooperation with SES ASTRA,” says Daniel Klicka, Managing Director of Mediavision, which operates CS Link. “With this additional capacity we are able to add new HD services, namely Nova HD, and further enhance the attractiveness of the CS Link platform."

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