Cyfrowy Polsat Aims to Grow Pay-TV platform with Expanded Eutelsat Capacity Deal

By Caleb Henry | November 18, 2013 | Broadcasting, Europe, Regional, Satellite TODAY News Feed, ST Briefs

Eutelst Cyfrowy Polsat Hot Bird
Eutelsat Hot Bird 13C Ku-band widebeam downlink coverage. Photo: Eutelsat

[Via Satellite 11-18-13] Cyfrowy Polsat signed a new contract for additional capacity at EutelsatĎs Hot Bird video neighborhood and a multi-year agreement to extend the lease of existing capacity.

ďThe new satellite resources at Eutelsatís Hot Bird environment will enable us to further expand our channel offering,Ē said Dariusz Dzialkowski, CTO, Cyfrowy Polsat.

A total of six Hot Bird transponders are now leased by Cyfrowy Polsat satellite platform and its wholly owned broadcasting company, Telewizja Polsat. The new contract will allow the company to expand on its HD offering for its installed base of 3.5 million subscribers. Cyfrowy Polsatís platform provides access to 37 HD channels included in the 130 Polish channels they carry, of which 80 percent of subscribers are already equipped with HD set-top-boxes.