April 21, 2010

Future Russian direct broadcasting satellites will set a priority on the delivery of HD and 3D TV services.
AKTR reports that RSCC, the country’s national satellite operator, plans to allocate at least 25% of the capacity on Express-AT1 and Express-AT2 to such services. It is currently preparing the documentation for Express-AT1, which will replace Bonum-1 at 56 degrees East in 2012 and cover European Russia, the Urals and eastern Siberia.

Commenting on future developments, Yuri Prokhorov, acting DG of RSCC, said that “systems of satellite direct broadcasting, which are already widely used in Russia, will in the next 2-3 years be intensively developed in the area of HDTV and 3D broadcasts.”