08.44 Europe/London, September 7, 2011 By Robert Briel

IBC 2011 – AMSTERDAM. Kabelkiosk, the German head-end-in-the-sky service for cable operators, is launching a live HbbTV service on Eutelsat in the coming weeks.

The satellite operator is taking its KabelKiosk cable platform into a new interactive phase with these HbbTV-based services called KabelKiosk interaktiv.

Services available in the new offer will include VOD, catch-up TV, access to news databases and local information. VOD services will be based on a platform operated by Rovi.

Individual channels delivered by KabelKiosk will also be able to use KabelKiosk interaktiv for catch-up TV, VOD, EPG services and red button applications for multiple value added services. Users will benefit from this portfolio of interactive solutions via an STB or a connected TV. A full working prototype system will be displayed live at IBC using an HbbTV set-top.

HbbTV services via satellite from Arte and France Télévisions will also be demonstrated through the Fransat platform on the new Samsung connected TV with integrated satellite tuner.

Fransat broadcasts the French DTT channels via the Atlantic Bird 3 satellite to homes in France located beyond range of terrestrial DTT reception.

SelecTV, a subsidiary of premium channel reseller TV Num, will showcase the decoder for a satellite push VOD solution which will be launched later this year to broadcast content to user hard disks equipped with 500 GB of storage capacity.

SelecTV will have two complementary offers, Selection, a subscription on-demand service with a choice of series, documentaries, family, music and youth programming and La Séance, a transactional VoD service offering films four months after cinema release. A demonstration will also be running on the Logiways stand at IBC.

A display on Eutelsat’s stand will show a pilot of satellite distribution of the Arte +7 service. The demonstration will enable Arte programmes to be delivered via satellite to a user hard disk connected to a satellite set-top-box produced by Aston.

Access to Arte +7 will be shown using push VOD software developed by Quadrille that specialises in VOD networks, and installed in the set-top-box and at the Fransat uplink platform at Eutelsat’s teleport near Paris.