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 […]

Atlantic Bird 7 enters service

Eutelsat Atlantic Bird 7 satellite has entered commercial operation one month after its launch to the 7° West orbital position.   The satellite operator said transfer of all television channels onto Atlantic Bird 7 from Atlantic Bird 4A was completed on October 23. Over 400 TV channels are now broadcasting via Atlantic Bird 7 into […]

Eutelsat appoints French MOD man as international affairs director

Eutelsat has appointed Jean-François Bureau as director of institutional and international affairs. He joins the satellite operator from France’s Ministry of Defence where he was most recently a general controller. Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, said: “Jean-François Bureau’s extensive experience of institutional affairs in Europe and internationally, together with his analysis and insight will be […]

Eutelsat board proposes Folz to succeed Berretta as chairman

The board of satellite operator Eutelsat have nominated Jean-Martin Folz to be appointed as chairman. Eutelsat’s board of directors unanimously decided to propose to shareholders at the general assembly on November 8 to nominate Folz as a board member. If elected, he will be appointed as chairman to succeed Giuliano Berretta. Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat […]

Eutelsat’s W3C successfully launches

Eutelsat has successfully launched its W3C satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China. W3C will replace the Eurobird 6, W2M and SESAT 1 satellites at 16° East. It is carrying 56 transponders and will provide a high-power footprint optimised for DTH broadcasting in central Europe; high-power coverage over Indian Ocean to support the […]