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    Default UPC Direct goes One West

    UPC Direct goes One West

    By Julian Clover
    July 9, 2009 08.29 UK


    Telenor's Cato Halsaa with UPC's Gene Musselman
    12.00 Update: UPC’s direct-to-home operation, UPC Direct, is to switch to Telenor’s One West satellite position from its present Astra berth.

    UPC Direct has signed a long-term lease with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting for an initial seven transponders at one degree West spread between the Thor 5 and Thor 6 satellites. Thor 5 was launched in February 2008 while Thor 6 is set for launch in Q4 2009.

    UPC Direct, serving Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, will begin migrating its 329,300 subscribers across to One West in the late spring of 2010.

    “Telenor already has an established position within the region and it gives us an obvious and advantageous consolidation capability for UPC Direct as well as FocusSat,” said Gene Musselman, President and COO of UPC Broadband.

    The seven transponders in the agreement are in addition to the three already used by the 155,400-subscriber Romanian operation FocusSat, fully acquired by UPC in 2006. Five transponders are currently held on Astra, with additional channels brought into the package through the Simulcrypt system.

    In total, Telenor reaches some two million homes in Central and East Europe. Cato Halsaa, VP and CEO of Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, said the new contract would significantly increase the operator’s digital reach. “This is a positive development in strengthening our long standing relationship with UPC, which, over the years has grown through the success of FocusSat in Romania. We look forward to continuing working with UPC Direct and developing their broadcasting requirements within this region”.

    Although the deal has been on the cards for many months, Broadband TV News understands that the final contract was only signed at 16.00 on Wednesday afternoon.

    A spokesman for SES said the operator continued to have confidence in the strong dynamics of the Central and East European markets: “These five transponders will help us to meet current demand and customer requests for capacity at our prime orbital position,” he said. “This capacity will serve the existing and expected ...ure demand from both standard and high definition digital TV in our Western European key markets and further underpins the growth dynamics in this market.”

    SES has been looking to reduce the number of transponders on Astra at 19 degrees East occupied by operators serving smaller markets in favour of more lucrative clients targeting Germany, France and Spain. However, while the plan may be to encourage the use of its 23.5 degrees East position, with the need to transfer subscribers whatever satellite is chosen, rival satellite providers have been able to turn heads.

    The departure of UPC Direct does not represent a loss to SES of the Czech and Slovak markets. Astra’s 23.5 East orbital slot is home to the Skylink and CS Link packages that between them have close to one million homes.


    Sursa: http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2009/...-goes-one-west

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    (Oslo, 9 July 2009) Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc)
    today announced that it has signed a long-term satellite distribution
    agreement with UPC Direct, one of the largest Direct-to-Home (DTH)
    providers in Central and Eastern Europe. The agreement will provide UPC
    Direct with an initial 7 transponders to re-locate its current
    broadcast traffic to the THOR 5 and THOR 6 satellites. THOR 5 was
    launched in February 2008 and is currently in commercial operation,
    while THOR 6 is set to launch in Q4 2009.

    TSBc’s satellite fleet resides at the prime orbital location, 1 degree west,
    which currently serves over 2 million DTH households in Romania,
    Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Moldova. With an extensive
    choice of digital television and radio broadcasts in the UPC Direct
    bouquet, the move will further strengthen 1 degree west as the fastest
    growing orbital location in Central and Eastern Europe.

    “We chose Telenor Satellite Broadcasting for their open and flexible approach in delivering a quality broadcast solution from 1 degree west. I am delighted that this agreement for UPC’s DTH-operations in The Czech
    Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania has been successfully concluded
    under the supervision of Magnus Ternsjö, our new Managing Director for
    UPC Direct. Telenor already has an established position within the
    region and it gives us an obvious and advantageous consolidation
    capability for UPC Direct as well as FocusSAT, which already is using
    the Thor satellite system from Telenor” said Gene Musselman, President
    and COO of UPC Broadband. “The move to 1 degree allows us to enrich our
    offers to our subscribers in our markets both with additional local
    valuable content as well as regional qualitative channels“.

    “Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s agreement with UPC Direct will significantly increase our digital reach within Central and Eastern Europe and it demonstrates our continued commitment to digital TV within the region”, said Cato Halsaa, Vice President and CEO of Telenor Satellite
    Broadcasting, “This is a positive development in strengthening our long
    standing relationship with UPC, which, over the years has grown through
    the success of FocusSat in Romania. We look forward to continuing
    working with UPC Direct and developing their broadcasting requirements
    within this region”.

    UPC plans to commence broadcasting services on 1 degree west during late spring 2010.

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    Na astfel UPC va fi un concurent serios cu DIGI...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ********* View Post
    Tocmai invers . UPC pierde un mare avantaj : canalele FTA de pe Astra .

    Cei care nu vroiau sa treaca de pe UPC pe Digi HU/SK/CZ din cauza sutelor de canale de de pe Astra 19 , acum vor putea pleca fara retineri .
    Eu ma gandeam la concurenta in Romania. Stiu de canale FTA de pe Astra, de aia am mai pus un LNB si pe Astra.

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