SES Astra will officially launch its new digital platform entavio at the international consumer show IFA in Berlin on 1st September. The service to digital satellite households in Germany comprises about 500 digital TV and radio channels, which continue to be distributed for free, and the technical access to pay-TV for a monthly flat rate of E1.99.
The first pay-TV operator to offer its packages via entavio is Premiere, including its new Premiere programme Premiere Star. entavio compatible receivers by various manufacturers will be available for households beginning in September. The smart cards required for accessing pay-TV will be offered and distributed by the entavio company.
As a neutral platform, Astra says entavio offers satellite households a large range of current and future digital free and pay-TV programs through a single receiver. Furthermore, TV viewers will benefit from additional features and service functions such as the interactive mobile phone service Blucom.