Headquartered in Paris and established since 1977, Eutelsat has now exceeded 6,000 TV channels on its communication satellites, establishing it as the foremost satellite operator servicing the global broadcasting industry.
This achieved milestone shows that Eutelsat is performing well in three strategic areas, and these are: strong channel growth in expanding markets; continued deployment of pay-TV platforms; and a diversified provision of Free-to-Air channels.
In the area of channel growth in expanding markets, Eutelsat is soaring high in Africa and the Middle East with one out of three channels on its satellites devoted to these regions. Over 600 satellite channels showing in Sub-Saharan Africa are provided by Eutelsat, and two out of three channels of satellite offered in North Africa and Middle East offered by the company.
In the area of pay-TV otherwise known as record pay and free-to-view platforms, over 50 platforms chose Eutelsat’s inventory of regional video to meet their needs, even as Africa transitions from analog TV services to digital.
And within the free-to-air line-up, Eutelsat provides over 2,200 channels on its subscription-free TV services, with newer features lined up to be introduced in 2016 so that channels can benefit from expanded visibility and viewers enjoy more viewing options. The satellite broadcasting company wishes to start with the HOT BIRD position that offers over 400 subscription-free channels across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
“Broadcasting is at the heart of Eutelsat’s DNA. We have invested in and developed video neighborhoods across the globe, spearheaded the transition to new formats and compression rates, partnered with anchor Pay and Free-to-View platforms and are developing solutions in step with changing viewing patterns,” said Michel Azibert, commercial and development director at Eutelsat.
“In the fast-evolving world of video content distribution we are continually focused on supporting broadcasters to enhance their relationship with viewers and expand their reach. The milestone of 6,000 channels sets a new record for Eutelsat and reflects our resolve to be the satellite company of choice for the broadcasting community,” Azibert added.
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Eutelsat provides capacity on 40 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location.