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Kazakhstan’s satellite TV service AlmaTV has attracted 10,000 subscribers since it launched six months ago, its operator AlmaTel has announced.

almatel 1 APril 2017The subscriber base for the **direct-to-home (DTH) pay-TV service is expected to double to 20,000 by the end of the year.

Three packages are available for users, at a monthly subscription rate of KZT1,500 to KZT3,500. The service offers up to 140 channels, including 30 high definition (HD) TV channels and the first Ultra HD (UHD) channel in Kazakhstan.

AlmaTel has utilised HEVC video compression technology from Harmonic for its DTH satellite platform. By using HEVC, both standard and HD channels can be delivered in half the bandwidth needed for MPEG-4. The DTH satellite TV system is designed to compliment AlmaTV’s cable network.

“By launching satellite television we have become the only company in the telecommunication market of Kazakhstan which can offer a full range of television services: cable analogue and digital broadcasting, satellite and online television,” said AlmaTV CEO Eric Franke, when the service launched earlier this year. “Television broadcasting will always be the priority area of the company’s activities. We work every day on the content, in particular on increasing the number of channels in the HD and 4KTV formats, so that our subscribers have the best content.”