Fransat TV platform reaches 1.6 million French homes

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly ©RapidTVNews | 16-12-2011

Developed to help the analogue switch-off in France for people in so-called blank areas, Eutelsat’s Fransat satellite TV service is now reaching 1.6 million French homes.
The breakdown shows 1.2 million commercialised individual decoders and 400,000 community dwellings.
Now that French switch-off is complete, the service, says Eutelsat, is “firmly anchored as a key digital platform delivering national reception.”
Launched in 2009 as a subscription-free platform, Fransat is available to homes in metropolitan France equipped with a satellite dish, a Fransat decoder and an access card. The platform operates from Eutelsat's 5° West position
Fransat has built up its audience base particularly in rural and mountain areas as well as parts of France with poor terrestrial reception.
Viewers have access to France's 19 free national DTT channels, four HD TV channels, the regional network of France 3, as well as over 20 regional and local channels and radio stations.
Fransat dish also enables reception of the Orange TV platform which broadcasts from Eutelsat's 5° West neighbourhood and is accessible with an Orange decoder as part of the triple-play service based on a hybrid ADSL + satellite system. It can also be combined with broadband access provided by Eutelsat's Tooway service to offer satellite-based triple play in all parts of metropolitan France.
In 2012, the offer at Eutelsat's 5° West position will expand to include additional HD channels and non-linear services.