United Group and Eutelsat have extended their cooperation with a long-running extension of agreements for capacity on Eutelsat 16A.

This is currently used to deliver the DTH platform Total TV to over half a million homes in Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and FYRO Macedonia.

In addition to securing capacity, Total TV is preparing for a complete migration of its platform to MPEG-4 and DVB-S2.

The transition will start later this month and is expected to be completed by the middle of the year.

Commenting on the development, Victoriya Boklag, VP of sales and marketing at United Group, said: “By extending our 10-year relationship with Eutelsat we can take a long-term view on our growth plans and initiate the transition to MPEG4 and DVB-S2 in order to provide subscribers an even better viewing experience. The transition will make it possible for us to offer them more HD channels. Eutelsat’s solutions have always been fully aligned with Total TV’s commitment to leverage the most innovative technologies and we have a clear and exciting roadmap to execute together.”

Apostolos Triantafyllou, CEE regional VP of sales at Eutelsat, added: “We are delighted that United Group has renewed its confidence in Eutelsat 16A and that we can plan for many years into the future. With its acceleration of HD content, Total TV will continue to set the pace in the region and to anchor Eutelsat 16A as the home of diverse content delivered with exceptional signal quality to millions of viewers across Europe.”