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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:36

BB-MV-Lokal-TV: Satellite channel for German regional television started


The program contents of 24 German regional TV stations in Brandenburg, Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are already available via satellite for a few weeks now. The newly launched channel BB-MV-Lokal-TV is free-to-air and provides daily 30-minute transmission windows for the participating content providers between 5:00 and 11:00 p.m..

In addition, the channel provides HbbTV® functionality for viewers with compatible devices, that will offer additional benefits, like e.g. online video libraries, HD-Text or Second Screen.

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Workflow BB-MV-Lokal-TV

The technical implementation of the project was realized by SES Platform Services and HMS in collaboration with the media authorities of Berlin-Brandenburg (MABB) and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (MMV). The planning of the transmission window is done via HMS's broadcast automation solution DISA Broadcast Suite, but can also be realized via external CMS systems. The contents of all transmission windows are automatically transferred to HMS's central playout center in Berlin and from there they are transferred to satellite operator SES Platform Services as collaborative TV channel BB-MV-Lokal-TV.

Since the involved TV stations were previously only broadcasting in regional cable TV networks, the transmission via satellite allows an enormous increase of their reach and thus offers completely new possibilities for cooperations with advertising partners.

MABB director Dr. Hans Hege expressed this as follows:
"Regional TV is private television and funded by advertising. Range is the ultimate currency for advertising partners. Since we have made the transition to digital satellite transmission, we can reach the viewers who receive via satellite at a reasonable cost. After all, by now, more than half of all German TV households receive their signals via satellite."
Source: MABB Press Release

For the reception of BB-MV-Lokal-TV on DVB-S devices the following parameters must be configured:

  • Satellite: ASTRA 2C, 19,2 East
  • Transponder: 1.087
  • Frequency: 12148,50Mhz
  • Polarization: Horizontal
  • Modulation: DVB-S, QPSK
  • Symbol rate: 27,5MSymb/s
  • Code rate (FEC) 3/4

More information about HMS broadcast automation solutions: Products > Broadcast Automation
More information about HMS HbbTV® solutions is available under: Products > Smart TV | Web TV


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