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Eutelsat and Telespazio partner on driving HD, UHD growth

Satellite operator Eutelsat has signed a new agreement with broadcast services provider Telespazio, owned by Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Thales, to further the growth of HD and UHD channels at Eutelsat’s Hotbird position.

In addition to transmissions of SD platforms in DVB-S and DVB-S2, Telespazio has said it will accelerate the move to new higher resolution formats.

Luigi Pasquali, Telespazio CEO, said: “Providing services to large and medium-sized broadcasters is one of Telespazio’s core business lines. For over two decades we have favoured from our teleports the Hotbird satellites for their footprint and the audience they deliver as well as their reliability and capacity to scale up to HD and Ultra HD. In addition to covering advanced renewals the new agreement with Eutelsat confirms our commitment to drive continued growth of HOTBIRD-based services.”

Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat CEO, said: “Telespazio is a longstanding partner with extensive experience in serving a diversified array of broadcast clients. This expertise will add new impetus to the growth of HD and Ultra HD channels in Italy and across the broad footprint of the Hotbird satellites that are a pillar of our video activity.”