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ABsat to Astra

Doc channel encyclopaedia is one of seven theme services in the ABsat channel package, broadcasting via the Luxemburg-based Astra satellite as of September 15. The AB D&eacutecouverte package, which includes La Chaine Histoire, AB Animaux, Automobile and Escales, was already available...
October 1, 1997

Doc channel encyclopaedia is one of seven theme services in the ABsat channel package, broadcasting via the Luxemburg-based Astra satellite as of September 15. The AB D&eacutecouverte package, which includes La Chaine Histoire, AB Animaux, Automobile and Escales, was already available on Eutelsat.

Part of the Simulcrypt agreement signed with CanalSatellite in March, the move means a bigger audience for ABsat’s digital package and a more attractive programming base for CanalSatellite subscribers. The agreement allows subscribers of either CanalSatellite or ABsat to receive both packages with a single set-top box. Previously, CanalSatellite subs with dishes pointed at Astra could not get the ABsat signal.

AB D&eacutecouverte is available via ABsat for 79ff per month, but ABsat and CanalSatellite each retain control over subscriber management, marketing and promotions for their respective packages.

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