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    3+ Switzerland launches on Astra

    3+ Switzerland launches on Astra

    Jörn Krieger | 14-12-2012


    Swiss commercial broadcaster 3+ has commenced satellite distribution of its channel on Astra (19.2° East), resulting in its technical reach growing by around 400,000 DTH households in Switzerland.

    The signal is encrypted to restrict reception to Switzerland. For reception, viewers need the Sat Access smartcard provided by Swiss public broadcaster SRG. 3+ has so far only been available via cable and IPTV in Switzerland.
    Signing up 3+ is strategically important for Astra satellite operator SES as it is the first domestic Swiss broadcaster to use the Luxembourg-based satellite system. SRG's channels are on Eutelsat's competing Hot Bird (13° East) system. Astra has so far only been used by German commercial TV groups RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 to distribute the Swiss advertising and programme windows of their German channels.
    "The decision of 3+ to partner with Astra for its satellite transmission is an important milestone in the development of the Swiss market," said Wolfgang Elsäßer, managing director of Astra Deutschland and also responsible for Austria and Switzerland. It is expected that DTH satellite reception via Astra will become even more attractive through the addition of the popular channel.
    "With the transmission of 3+ on Astra, we close the last distribution gap and are now also available via satellite," said Dominik Kaiser, CEO of 3 Plus Group. "We have found a very competent partner in Astra and are looking forward to our collaboration."



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    Re: 3+ Switzerland launches on Astra

    3+ first Swiss broadcaster on Astra

    December 14, 2012 08.44 Europe/London By Robert Briel


    Swiss private channel 3+ has started broadcasting from Astra’s orbital position 19.2 degrees East.

    3+ is the first broadcaster based in Switzerland to use SES’ satellite capacities. The transmission via the orbital position 19.2 degrees East will expand the reach of 3+ by around 400,000 households in Switzerland.

    The reception of the encrypted private channel 3+ requires a satellite receiver and the SRR Sat Access Card from the Swiss Broadcasting Organisation SRG.

    The SES subsidiary SES Platform Services near Munich provides the uplink and the encryption of the channel. 3+ is one of the leading Swiss broadcasters and reaches an average of 1.7 million viewers, which is about one-third of the German-speaking Swiss population.

    “The decision of 3+ to partner with Astra for its satellite transmission is an important milestone in the development of the Swiss market,” said Wolfgang Elsässer, managing director of Astra Germany and also responsible for Austria and Switzerland.

    “3+ is a very popular channel and in addition to the Swiss channels of ProSiebenSat1 Media and RTL Group, satellite TV in Switzerland via Astra is now even more attractive.”

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