Eutelsat adds HbbTV interactivity to KabelKiosk

Eutelsat’s KabelKiosk platform, which serves cable operators in Germany and neighbouring countries, is adding an interactive portal using the HbbTV standard. The KabelKiosk Choice service will offer VOD and catch-up TV services along with access to news portals and local information. Eutelsat said it was removing the requirements for cable operators to make significant investments […]

Eutelsat appoints new commercial officer

Eutelsat has appointed Jean-François Leprince-Ringuet as chief commercial officer, replacing Andrew Wallace who is leaving the satellite operator. Leprince-Ringuet will join Eutelsat on April 16 to assume overall responsibility for the company’s commercial activities.  He has held commercial strategy, sales and marketing positions in Europe and North America at IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Cap Gemini and Bull, […]

EBU extends Eutelsat deal

The EBU has extended its deal with Eutelsat with a new multiple-transponder contract on two satellites. The renewal of four transponders on Eutelsat 7A up to 2016 and the further renewal of four more transponders on Eutelsat 10A will support the association’s network that serves 85 national media organisations in 56 countries in and around […]

RTÉ to use Ka-Sat for new Saorsat platform

Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ, has selected Eutelsat’s Ka-Sat to deliver a satellite-based version of its free-to-air digital-terrestrial platform Saorsat. The launch of Saorsat via satellite is designed to ensure every household in the Irish Republic can receive RTÉ’s public service television and radio channels, including the approximately 2% that are beyond range of terrestrial DTT […]

Eutelsat and Es’hailSat select Arianespace for joint mission

Eutelsat and Es’hailSat, the Qatar-based satellite company, have selected Arianespace to launch their Eutelsat 25B / Es’hail 1 satellite in the second quarter of 2013 on board an Ariane 5 launcher. Eutelsat and Es’hailSat are undertaking a joint programme to operate a satellite at 25.5° East, serving markets in the Middle East, North Africa and […]

Ukraine moving ahead with satellite plan

Ukraine is moving ahead with plans to launch its first geostationary communications satellite, according to local reports. According to Russian press reports, state enterprise Ukrkosmos has struck an agreement with Eutelsat to secure a place at the 48° East orbital slot for the satellite, Dybid. Ukrkosmos director Sergei Kapshtyk told the Kommersant newspaper that the […]

Al Jazeera extends African coverage with Eutelsat

Al Jazeera has signed a capacity deal with Eutelsat to extend its coverage over Africa. The Middle Eastern broadcaster will use capacity on Eutelsat’s 7 West A satellite located at the 7° West orbital position. This will extend coverage across north west Africa to Morocco and as far as Nigeria.  Broadcasts have already begun, with […]

Eutelsat sees record backlog

Eutelsat’s order backlog has increased almost 10% to a record €5.3 billion, the satellite operator said on announcing its first half 2011-2012 results. This follows the launch of two new satellites to expand its presence in the Middle East, Africa, central Europe and the Indian Ocean islands. Video applications remain Eutelsat’s key business, generating first […]

Eutelsat passes 4,000 channels milestone

Satellite operator Eutelsat now broadcasts over 4,000 channels via its satellites. Eutelsat passed the milestone at the end of last year following the launch of Arabic film channel Rotana Cinema at the satellite operator’s 7° West position. Eutelsat said that satellites serving the Middle East, Africa, Russia and central Europe had seen particularly strong growth, […]

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 […]