Benelux DTH viewers affected by UPC Direct move

By Robert Briel

July 17, 2009 09.37 UK

Viewers in The Netherlands and Belgium who subscribe to the DTH service from Canal Digitaal Satelliet and TV Vlaanderen will lose a number of their channels because of UPC Directís move to 1 West.
On July 9, Telenor and UPC announced that the UPC Direct platform would move from the Astra 19.2 degrees East position to the Telenor 1 degree West slot .

The two Benelux DTH platforms take channels from the UPC Direct bouquet, which are transmitted in simulcrypt. Seven channels in total are involved: BebeTV, JimJam, Eurosport2, Extreme Sports Channel, Zone Reality, XXX Xtreme and Hustler TV. They are sold as part of various packages on the two platforms.

Earlier, subscribers lost access to BBC Prime, when the channel stop being part of the UPC Direct platform.
Just recently, the Benelux DTH viewers can no longer see three Turner channels Ė TCM, Cartoon Network and Boomerang Ė because the platforms could not agree on the terms of distribution with Turner Broadcasting.