Several satellite TV platforms are planning to start in Ukraine in 2011

Ukraine is to experience a significant increase of new TV services, with up to two DTH (direct-to-home) platforms and a DTT (digital terrestrial television) operation expected to start this automn.

On August 5 General Satellite (Russia) announced that it is considering to enter Ukrainian market. They are planning to expand several DTH (direct-to-home) projects around the world, and they see Ukraine as a good place to start from.

It is said that General Satellite plans to distribute 55 channels in Ukraine, of which 28 will be local services. Most probably they would be transmitted using the localised version of Tricolor TV platform, a successful service from neighboring Russia.

It was reported last week that the Istil Group, which was previously behind the failed Poverkhost Plus operation, now plans to launch a DTH platform named XTRA. It is rumored that the platform will use Irdeto conditional access technology, which allows to protect the content delivery from piracy. It is also mentioned that the XTRA platform could go live as soon as this week.

Besides, Zeonbud, an operator of four of Ukraine’s six multiplexes (channels), plans to launch its DTT service this September.

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