Telesat launches Luxembourg DTH platform

By Robert Briel
September 29, 2009 07.55 UK

The Belgian DTH platform Telesat will launch a special version for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, which will use the Astra and Eutelsat satellites for the distribution of its channels. The operator claims it is the ‘new alternative for cable and DSL’.

Until now, Luxembourg has been one of the few countries in Europe without its own dedicated DTH platform. A lot of people are believed to have ‘grey’ subscriptions to either German or French pay-TV services on satellite, such as Sky Deutschland and CanalSat.

According to the newly launched website of the platform, subscriptions will start at EUR 9.90 for the ‘basic light’ bouquet. Telesat Luxembourg will use the Hot Bird 13 degrees East position and the Astra satellites.

Telesat will most likely bring the MPEG4/DVB-S2 receivers it uses on the French speaking market in Belgium to Luxembourg, the Philips DSR 7121 and Philips DSR 8121. The operator also said it will issue cards to anyone with a CI receiver. “Our cards are not tied to any one receiver”.

Viewers will have to buy a duo-LNB capable of receiving the two satellite positions. Telesat uses Hot Bird for the distribution of its bouquet of Belgian French language public and private channels, which it broadcasts in PEG4/DVB-S2. However, the main French broadcasters are available on Astra at 19 degrees East.

Apart from their own bouquets on the two satellites, Telesat also advertises with the fact that “more than 800 channels” are available (as free-to-air signals) on the two satellite positions.

The company has not yet announced an official launch date, but it is asking potential customers to register their interest on the website. Also, retailers are invited to become official Telesat dealers.