Deutsche Telekom and SES ASTRA Cooperate in Combined Satellite-DSL OfferMonday, February 28th, 2011
Entertain Sat from Deutsche Telekom will combine ASTRA’s satellite TV offer including HD+ with interactive Entertain services, telephony and Internet
LUXEMBOURG — SES ASTRA, an SES company (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), announced today a cooperation with Deutsche Telekom (Frankfurt: DTE)(NYSE:DT) in Germany to combine ASTRA’s broad satellite free-TV offer including HD+ with Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV product Entertain. The offer will include all free-to-air, TV and radio channels in Standard and High Definition (HD) on ASTRA including HD+ as well as the typical Entertain services like Video on Demand, a TV archive and an Electronic Programme Guide. Entertain Sat also comprises time shift functions and hard disk recording with 500 GB memory. Flat rate telephony and Internet will also be included. Entertain Sat will be available for households all across Germany with a DSL connection of at least 3 Mbit/s.
HD+ is a platform launched by SES ASTRA in Germany for access to free-TV programmes in HD. The HD+ offer currently comprises eight German private free-TV programmes in HD: RTL HD, Vox HD, RTL2 HD, ProSieben HD, Sat.1 HD, kabel eins HD, Sport1 HD and sixx HD.
Ferdinand Kayser, President and CEO of SES ASTRA, said: “The cooperation with Deutsche Telekom demonstrates the strengths of satellite reception and the attractiveness of HD+. The combination of the broad and high quality Direct-to-Home offer from ASTRA and HD+ with the additional interactive services from Deutsche Telekom creates an attractive media proposition.”
Christian P. Illek, Managing Director Marketing Telekom Deutschland, said: “Our Entertain service currently reaches about 20 million households in Germany. With our satellite offer, we will address new customer groups and convince even more customers of our TV offer. ASTRA’s technical reach of more than 16 million satellite households in Germany and the switch-off of the analogue satellite reception in April 2012 represent a particularly interesting and attractive potential for Entertain Sat.”