Radiotelevizija Slovenia has extended its longstanding relationship with Eutelsat Communications with the signature of a new 10-year contract for capacity at the flagship HOT BIRD™ video neighbourhood. The new long-term agreement was signed today at Eutelsat by Marko Filli, Director General of Slovenia’s national public broadcaster and Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO.

RTV Slovenia selected Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ neighbourhood in 1997 to launch digital television, and today transmits the three national channels, one regional channel (TV Capodistria) and five radio stations to a growing base of cable, IP and satellite homes in Slovenia and across the HOT BIRD™ reach of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Satellite homes have access to the entire programme line-up with the one-off purchase of a smartcard, costing €15.

Commenting on the contract, Marko Filli, Director General of RTV Slovenia said: “Eutelsat has consistently demonstrated to RTV Slovenia its commitment to delivering impeccable service at the HOT BIRD™ neighbourhood, which for us represents an exceptional satellite distribution platform. We look forward to continuing to leverage the performance of Eutelsat’s satellites in order to deepen our reach into satellite TV homes.”

Michel de Rosen responded: “We are delighted to consolidate relationships with broadcasters of reference in Central Europe and to retain the confidence of RTV Slovenia for another ten years of satellite broadcasting. Our objective is to continue to deliver the quality of service, reach and visibility that RTV Slovenia expects so they can offer the best of Slovenian information and entertainment to viewers across the HOT BIRD™ footprint.”