New French DTT package available on Atlantic Bird™ 3 from June
April 8th, 2009

Eutelsat Communications has announced the upcoming launch of France’s free Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) channels via its Atlantic Bird™ 3 satellite. The new offer, called Fransat™, will be available from June.

Eutelsat’s 5° West neighbourhood, which is occupied by Atlantic Bird™ 3, has operated as a complement to France’s terrestrial broadcasting network for more than 20 years by delivering channels direct by satellite to homes located beyond terrestrial reception.

The majority of France’s 18 free-to-air DTT channels are already transmitting from Eutelsat’s Atlantic Bird™ 3 satellite. Assembled by Eutelsat in the Fransat™ platform, the 18 channels will be available from June with no subscription fee to all homes equipped with a dish pointed towards Atlantic Bird™ 3 and a Fransat™ kit comprising a digital decoder and access card.

In addition to the 18 Standard Definition DTT channels, Fransat™ will enable reception of the four free DTT channels broadcast in HDTV: TF1 HD, France 2 HD, Arte HD and M6 HD. On sale for 99 euros (recommended retail price), the non-proprietary Fransat™ decoders will be produced by multiple suppliers. In addition to decrypting channels, the decoders will facilitate automatic channel numbering and provide a parental lock. The platform will be encrypted, available without subscription, and reserved for homes in metropolitan France.

(Source: Eutelsat)