High Above

The untold story of Astra, Europe's leading satellite company

  • Chris Forrester

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Chris Forrester
    Pages 12-21
  3. Geoff Bains, Chris Forrester
    Pages 22-35
  4. Geoff Bains, Chris Forrester
    Pages 36-45
  5. Chris Forrester
    Pages 46-61
  6. Jacques Santer, Chris Forrester
    Pages 62-83
  7. Chris Forrester
    Pages 84-99
  8. Jörn Krieger, Chris Forrester
    Pages 100-107
  9. Chris Forrester
    Pages 108-115
  10. Serge Siritzky, Chris Forrester
    Pages 116-125
  11. Geoff Bains, Chris Forrester
    Pages 126-139
  12. Julian Clover, Chris Forrester
    Pages 140-151
  13. Geoff Bains, Chris Forrester
    Pages 152-163
  14. Geoff Bains, Chris Forrester
    Pages 164-175
  15. Julian Clover, Chris Forrester
    Pages 176-187
  16. Julian Clover, Chris Forrester
    Pages 188-195
  17. Chris Forrester
    Pages 196-205
  18. Chris Forrester
    Pages 206-215
  19. Chris Forrester
    Pages 216-231
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 232-242

About this book


Frequently it is suggested that the ‘golden age' of television was during the period 1950-1960. It is true that television almost ruined Hollywood's fortunes during this period. But if this was the authentic golden age, then it was an age of black and white, somewhat limited creativity, poor reception, lack of competition (except in the United States) and – by and large – public service broadcasting. However, if we take 1950 as a generic ‘starting point' for modern television broadcasting, then we talk about a kind of prehistoric stage of the medium – in which it remained for the best part of three decades. The younger days of broadcasting were the 1980s; the time when commercial television started on a large scale and, in this youth, was getting younger in terms of programming. Luxembourg-based SES Astra appeared on the scene at exactly this time. Astra was instrumental in the dramatic developments in television that we have witnessed since then. This is the story we want to tell in this book. Without satellite technology and the success of satellite reception, without the resulting mass-market penetration of television sets and general economic prosperity we would not have the necessary base ingredients to make the great leap forward into digital, into HDTV, 3D-television, and the prospects of Ultra High Definition now in sight.


Aerospace Broadcasting Technology Business of Television Satellite in the media industry TV Television digital

Editors and affiliations

  • Chris Forrester
    • 1
  1. 1.37 The TowersBroadgate PublicationsRichmondUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-12008-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-12009-1
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