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|Products||Direct broadcast satellite|
|Owner(s)||M7 Group S.A.|
Initially customers were mainly Dutch citizens who did not have cable access. But in the meantime the company also managed to expand into the cities. This is sometimes complicated in the Netherlands due to local building codes restricting the placement of satellite dishes.
Unlike many German and British broadcasters, the Dutch public and commercial broadcasts are not freely available via satellite. To receive the Dutch broadcasts a smartcard is required to decrypt the Mediaguard signal. CanalDigitaal has recently begun switching from Mediaguard 2 to Mediaguard 3. The public broadcasts are free-to-view, the commercial broadcasts are not.
Fastscan channel list
The CanalDigitaal Fastscan lists all channels carried on the CanalDigitaal platform and almost all free-to-air channels on the 19.2° east, 23.5° east and 28.2° east/28.5° east satellites. Many channels are free, others are available only with a subscription.
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