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Czech TV to offer 6 HD channels via satellite through M7

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    From 15 November, Czech TV will extend its offer of HD channels via satellite. It will add the HD channels CT24, CT D and CT art to the line-up of CT1, CT2 and CT sport. Reception in both SD and HD will remain free of charge in the territory of the Czech Republic.

    Czech TV selected the winner of the tender announced on 03 October to provide satellite broadcasting of the public multiplex. It is M7 Group, provider of satellite platform Skylink in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. M7 Group will provide satellite broadcasting of the six Czech TV channels in HD quality, including two regional versions and other services, such as dual sound, HbbTV, EPG, teletext and Dolby sound, if available.

    The new supplier will launch distribution on 15 November, using satellite Astra's orbital position of 23.5 degrees East.

    So far, Czech TV paid more than CZK 20 million a year for satellite broadcasting of three HD channels. As a result of the tender, the price for transmission of signals of six HD channels has been decreased to about only one third of that amount. Part of the money saved will be used for proprietary production and part of it for technology upgrade.

    The assessment of the bids took place on 31 October with two bids. The criteria included net price to be paid by Czech TV and net price per user/household receiving the TV signal via satellite. The weightings of both criteria were the same. Out of nine telecommunications and satellite operators contacted, five consulted on the tender's conditions. After clarification of the conditions, two applicants submitted bids.​

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