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Orion Express to carry Eurosport channels in HD

Russian pay TV operator Orion Express has signed an agreement with Discovery Networks CEEMEA to carry the latter’s Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD.

Orion Express will distribute the two channels in the Russian and CIS markets from the Horizons 1 satellite at 85° East. The agreement is the development of an existing carriage deal signed in September 2014.

The deal follows a September agreement whereby Orion Express agreed to distribute Discovery Channel, TLC, ID Extra and Animal Planet.

Orion Express currently offers about 250 channels via the Horizons 2, Intelsat 15 and Express AM-5 satellites at 85° East and 140° East, having added 80 services in the course of last year. The operator has set a target of 300 channels by the end of this year.