Germany takes local TV to satellite households

Jörn Krieger | 08-10-2013

SLM, the local media authority of the German federal state Saxony, wants to enable DTH satellite households to receive local television. As part of a test run, two signal IDs for local TV channels Sachsen Fernsehen and Kabel Journal are to be transmitted on Astra (19.2° East).

When a viewer selects the slots, the channels aren't received via satellite, but as live streams through the Internet. In an ideal scenario, the viewer doesn't notice this. The precondition is a TV set or satellite receiver compliant with interactive multimedia standard HbbTV and connected to the Internet.

The test run, which is coordinated and financially supported by SLM, targets the one million DTH households in Saxony which have not been reachable by local TV operators so far as their channels are only distributed on cable networks. A satellite distribution would be too expensive for the broadcasters.

Austrian technical services provider ORS provides the satellite capacity for the project, dubbed Barker Channel.