Unitymedia to close arenaSAT: Broadcasting of Pay TV channels ends on September 30, 2010arenaSAT subscribers will still be able to use their receivers for watching Free TV
Cologne, June 15, 2010 – Unitymedia has decided to close the satellite platform arenaSAT to fully concentrate on the development of its triple play and next generation TV services via cable. The arenaSAT business operations and thus the broadcasting of the arenaSAT Pay TV packages will be terminated on September 30, 2010. All arenaSAT customers will be informed in writing within the next days.
arenaSAT customers are allowed to keep their receivers, even if they have a rental model provided by arenaSAT. The receiver continues to be fully functional and useable for watching all Free TV channels available unencrypted via ASTRA. This does not require any adjustments by the user.
Unitymedia is the second largest cable operator in Germany and an indirectly owned subsidiary of Liberty Global, Inc. We provide analog and digital cable television services as well as internet and telephony services to our customers who reside in our upgraded network area in the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse. Our cable network, which passes approximately 8.8 million homes, is one of the most technically advanced in Europe. As of March 31, 2010, Unitymedia had approximately 4.5 million video subscribers, including 1.4 million digital video RGUs, 639,000 internet RGUs and 638,000 telephony RGUs. More information on Unitymedia can be found at www.unitymedia.de.
About Liberty Global
Liberty Global is the largest international cable operator offering advanced video, voice and broadband internet services to connect its customers to the world of entertainment, communications, and information. As of March 31, 2010, Liberty Global operated state-of-the-art networks serving 18 million customers across 14 countries principally located in Europe, Chile, and Australia. Liberty Global’s operations also include significant programming businesses such as Chellomedia in Europe.
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