Poland planning Freesat-style satellite TV service
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
Excerpt from report by European TV industry newsletter New Television Insider on 1 May

Speaking at the Czech Association of Competitive Communications (CACC) conference in Prague last week, Martin Kubacki, MD, of [satellite operator] Astra CEE, said it was looking increasingly likely that the Polish public broadcaster TVP would launch a Freesat-style DTH [direct to home] platform in Poland later this year. He added that from Astras perspective there was no conflict between DTT and satellite and that the platform would have a good chance of success.

Last year Astra reduced Eutelsats grip on the Polish market when it persuaded the public broadcaster TVP to use the 19.2 degrees East position for a package of channels. However, Polands pay-TV operators Cyfra Plus and Polsat, and the recently launched n [as published, n is the trading name of a pay-per-view satellite broadcaster owned by ITI Neovision] are continuing to use the Hotbird neighbourhood at 13 degrees East.

(Source: New Television Insider, London, in English 1 May 07 via BBC Monitoring)