ARD Das Erste signs new satellite deals

By Robert Briel
Published: December 23, 2010

The German public broadcaster ARD has signed agreements with Eutelsat and SES Astra to bring their main channel Das Erste to German soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
ARD Dass Erste is with immediate effect available on the NSS-12 satellite from SES World Skies, positioned at 57 degrees East.

Wolfgang Elsaesser, managing director Astra Germany, in a astatement: “We are particularly pleased that in the interests of German soldiers we could offer such a quick and easy solution for the delivery of the TV signal in Afghanistan. Thanks to our worldwide fleet of 44 satellites, we were able to react flexibly to the particular situation.”

Meanwhile, Eutelsat has also started to broadcast the ARD Das Erste signal from its Hot Bird position, according to the German media news site Digital Fernsehen. According to Thomas Fuchs, speaking on behalf of Eutelsat, this is a “cost free ad-hoc situation”, where no money is involved. The Eutelsat Hot Bird signal also reaches into Afghanistan with the added advantage that also the second German public broadcaster, ZDF, broadcasts from that orbital position.