A programme structure for the long-awaited Slovak DTH platform Antik Sat should be known in early September.

Quoted by Zive, Vlastimil Lakatos, Antik Telekom’s manager of TV services, added that the company has signed a contract for satellite capacity – it will use a total of four transponders on Eutelsat 16A (16 degrees East) – and entered into agreements with the majority of TV broadcasters.

It is understood that Antik Sat will initially offer viewers around 90 channels, a third of which will be in HD. SD and HD services will be at 2 Mbps and 6 Mbps respectively, with the platform employing MPEG-4 compression.

Customers will initially be offered HD boxes and CAMs, with hybrid boxes being made available at a later date.

Once up and running, Antik Sat will be the sixth DTH platform in Slovakia.

It is being developed jointly with Telekom Austria and its services will also be available in the neighbouring Czech Republic.