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UPC moves forward with satellite repositioning

Liberty Global’s new European satellite arm, UPC DTH, has confirmed that it will start the repositioning process of its customers’ satellite dishes on May 1.

Customers will receive an upgrade with various new channels added to the service, varying by market, at no additional cost to current subscribers. Customers with an HD ready TV will also now have the option to receive an array of HD services. 

The change will also include a move for the subscriber to the new UPC affiliated company called UPC DTH S.à.r.l.  This administrative change is designed to provide customers with the benefits of a centralised organisation serving the combined UPC DTH base in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as FocusSat in Romania.  The new company is based in Luxembourg.

The creation of the new entity coincides with a recent agreement for transponder capacity with Telenor (moving UPC Direct to the Thor 5 and 6 satellites) and an agreement with SES Astra Techcom for state-of-the-art uplink services from SES Astra’s base in Betzdorf.