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First DTH TV platform in Georgia starts via Astra

Satellite Services (SES) and MagtiCom, the Georgian mobile and telecommunication company, have announced the launch of MagtiSat, Georgia’s first domestic direct-to-home (DTH) satellite platform, via Astra. The pay-TV offer will be available beginning 23 January 2012.

MagtiSat will offer 75 TV channels that include the most popular standard definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) channels. At the initial stage, MagtiCom will offer three packages: start, basic and HD. The packages will be available throughout Georgia from the first day of broadcasting.

Based on a long-term agreement between SES and MagtiCom, several Astra transponders at its 31.5 degrees East orbital position will be utilised for Georgia’s first domestic DTH television platform. The operator will broadcast in DVB-S2 standard and MPEG-4 encoding.