Polish public broadcaster launches free-to-air platform on ASTRA

September 16, 2009

Public Polish television Telewizja Polska SA (TVP) will launch a free-to-air platform on ASTRA, SES ASTRA said this week.

TVP has extended its satellite capacity contracts for the use of two transponders at ASTRA’s main orbital position 19.2 degrees East. TVP has been using this capacity since 2005. TVP is the largest public TV broadcaster in Central and Eastern Europe.

Based on the new contract, TVP will use a spot beam that is available on ASTRA 1KR. This will allow TVP to broadcast all of its Polish free-to-air channels in an unencrypted form to the Polish market. The TVP offer on ASTRA includes the entire TVP package, including TVP 1, TVP 2, TVP INFO, TVP POLONIA, TVP KULTURA, TVP SPORT, TVP HISTORIA and TVP HD.

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