Eutelsat and SES: a tale of contrasting fortunes

Satellite operators Eutelsat and SES will experience contrasting fortunes in the near term, with Eutelsat positioned to fare better than its Luxembourg-based rival, according to analysts at Berenberg. According to Berenberg, Eutelsat and SES have diverged strategically over the last few years, with the Paris based operator focusing on generating free cash flow and cultivating […]

Eutelsat debuts new EPG for free-to-air broadcasters

Satellite operator Eutelsat has launched, an enhanced electronic programme guide for free-to-air channels. The service is already operating at the 7/8° West orbital position, serving over 56 million Arabic-speaking homes across the Middle East and North Africa and is being progressively deployed at other Eutelsat video positions. New free-to-air satellite receivers compatible with the […]

Sky Italia and new wins help lift Eutelsat

Satellite operator Eutelsat’s much-anticipated renewal of its core agreement with Sky Italia, the extension of contracts with Tricolor TV in Russia and Azam TV in Sub-Saharan Africa, and new wins with BluTV in Brazil and Kabelio in Switzerland helped bolster its broadcast revenues in the first quarter, contributing to a solid three months that nevertheless […]

Kabelio AG selects Eutelsat Hotbird for channel launches

Switzerland’s Kabelio AG has selected Eutelsat’s Hotbird satellite neighborhood to launch a new Swiss direct-to-home HD platform. The pair have signed a multi-year contract that will allow Kabelio to leverage the reach of the satellite to target Swiss audiences at home and throughout Europe. The new Kabelio channel line-up was launched in mid-October and features […]

Azam TV migrates to Eutelsat 7C and signs multi-year extension

Swahili operator Azam TV has announced the completed migration of its video platform from the Eutelsat 7B to Eutelsat 7C satellite. The announcement comes alongside a multi-year extension of Azam TV’s existing contract with Eutelsat. This extension also comes with an incremental capacity commitment. Azam is one of the leading pay TV operators in Africa, […]

Eutelsat better placed than SES, says Berenberg

Satellite operator Eutelsat is a better bet for investors than rival player SES, according to analysts at Berenberg, who argue that the Paris-based operator’s video business and cash flow, bolstered by its recent contract renewal with anchor customer Sky Italia, place it in a stronger position than its Luxembourg-based competitor. Berenberg says that the Sky […]

Eutelsat secures “medium term” stability with Sky Italia renewal

Satellite operator Eutelsat Communications has renewed its capacity contract with Sky Italia. The pair have been partnered since 2003, with Sky being described as the “pre-eminent anchor customer” on Eutelsat’s Hotbird satellite group, reaching five million Italian customers. Hotbird is positioned at 13°E over the Equator and with a transmitting footprint over Asia, Europe, North […]

Brazilian DTH service BluTV launches on Eutelsat

Uberlândia, Minas Gerais-based Brazilian pay TV outfit 1Sat Telecomunicaçoes has launched a new DTH service, BluTV, dedicated to the Brazilian market, using capacity on the Eutelsat 65 West A satellite. BluTV’s basic offer will include over 100 Brazilian and international channels spanning films, series, sports, lifestyle, culture and news, broadcast in a mix of standard […]

Eutelsat delivers ‘robust’ results as broadcast business holds up

Satellite operator Eutelsat has turned in what CEO Rodolphe Belmer described as a “robust” set of full-year results that saw broadcast revenues fall by only 1.2% on a like-for-like basis year-on-year, while overall revenue dropped by 5%. Eutelsat posted total revenue of €1.278 billion for the year, with broadcast revenues accounting for €785 million, the […]

Canal+ to launch Ethiopia’s first premium DTH platform

Vivendi-owned French operator Canal+ will launch Ethiopia’s first premium DTH platform at the beginning of 2021. The platform launch comes as a result of a deal signed between the operator and satellite operator Eutelsat. The deal is a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for Ku capacity on Eutelsat 7C. The satellite entered into service in January 2020 […]

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