Eutelsat suspends Roj TV for Kurdish terrorist links

Eutelsat has suspended the Roj TV channel on its satellites due to its alleged connection to terrorist group the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The decision comes after Denmark’s Court of Copenhagen recently ruled that Roj TV had financial, structural and operational ties to the PKK. It declared the channel was guilty of facilitating and inciting […]

SIS Live increases Eutelsat capacity

Satellite uplink specialist SIS Live, is increasing the amount of permanent capacity it leases from satellites operated by Eutelsat. The companies have agreed a deal for “significant capacity” on the Atlantic Bird 1 satellite and on W3C, Eutelsat’s newest satellite. The leases guarantee access to 144 MHz of capacity on W3C and 36 MHz on […]

Albertis sells Eutelsat stake

Albertis has sold a 16% stake it held in satellite operator Eutelsat.
The company sold the stake for €981 million. Albertis is left with a 15.35% stake in Eutelsat, meaning it remains the second largest shareholder.
 Albertis said it would “continue to participate actively in the management of the company and support its development and growth […]

Eutelsat refinances debt

Satellite operator Eutelsat has announced the refinancing of its existing €1,765 million credit facilities which were due in June 2013. The refinancing will take place through the issuance of seven-year senior unsecured bonds for a total of €800 million by Eutelsat, and a new five-year bullet senior unsecured term loan for €700 million and senior […]

Eutelsat to rebrand satellite fleet

Eutelsat has announced plans to unify the names of its satellites as part of a rebranding exercise. From March 1, the company’s satellites will take the Eutelsat name associated with the relevant figure for their orbital position and a letter indicating their order of arrival at that position. W6 at 21.5° East will, for example, […]

Hot Bird Awards winners unveiled

Satellite operator Eutelsat has unveiled the winners of its Hot Bird TV Awards. Best chidren’s channel was Russia’s Carousel. The cinema channel award went jointly to Russia’s Kino Soyuz and Sky Cinema 1 HD from Italy. Italy’s Babel won in the culture/education category, while the documentary channel award went to DMAX from Germany. SkyUno Italy […]

Eutelsat denies it is jamming its own signals

Satellite operator Eutelsat has categorically denied reports that it is interfering with its own satellite transmissions in order to prevent reception in Iran of international Farsi-language channels. Eutelsat said the reports, suggesting the operator was acceding to Iranian pressure, were in total contradiction with reality and inconsistent with a statement from the BBC in September […]

Eutelsat’s W3C enters service

Eutelsat’s W3C satellite has entered commercial operation at the 16° East orbital position. The transfer of all traffic, including over 480 TV channels, onto W3C from the Eurobird 16, W2M and SESAT 1 satellites, was completed yesterday by Eutelsat’s control centre. Eutelsat said over 11 million homes in central Europe and 500,000 in Indian Ocean […]

Solid quarter for Eutelsat

Satellite operator Eutelsat reported another solid set of quarterly results, with revenues up 3.4% year-on-year to €295.4 million. Video applications remains the largest sector in terms of revenues, contributing revenues of €198.2 million in the first quarter 2012, up 1.4%. The number of TV channels broadcast across Eutelsat’s fleet continued to increase, reaching a total […]

MBC to launch raft of HD channels

Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC Group is to launch a raft of high definition channels across the Middle East and North Africa after it struck a deal with satellite services operator Eutelsat. The announcement was made at Informa Telecoms and Media’s Digital TV Middle East event. MBC, which is based in Dubai, is planning to launch […]