European satellite operator SES Astra has won contracts to supply digital infrastructure services to MTV's German channels as well as RTL's German channel portfolio.
SES Astra is launching a range of new digital services next year, allowing TV channels to expand their digital offerings.
"The launch of the new SES Astra infrastructure will offer TV operators the possibility for tailor-made digital programmes, programme packages and services like Pay-per-View or Near-Video-on-Demand over satellite," said SES Astra.
"Furthermore, it will allow broadcasters to protect their digital programmes with an encoded signal against unauthorised use. In order to allow for a smooth transition after the launch of the infrastructure, the digital signals of certain programmes will be broadcast by SES Astra in parallel in an encrypted and unencrypted form.
"TV programmes which are transmitted over satellite but do not sign up for the new system will remain unaffected and continue to be received by all Astra satellite households."
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