Regional German channels launch on Astra
By Robert Briel
The regional German channels Regio TV Stuttgart, Regio TV Schwaben/Ulm and Regio TV Euro 3/Friedrichshafenhave started broadcasting via satellite, sharing a single channel on Astra at 19 degrees East.
The regional broadcasters are transmitting their respective news bulletins in rotation around the clock. A special programme called Baden-Württemberg-Journal is also bringing news from the entire region, and the broadcasts are free-to-air.
In a related development, the German online TV station Vernissage TV has concluded a distribution deal with Art Channel to distribute its programming on the Eutelsat W2 and Eurobird 3 satellites.