Eutelsat extends Telekom Austria, United Group deals

DetailsEditor | 10 February 2015

In a flurry of activity, leading satellite operator Eutelsat has announced a number of contract extensions with TV operators in Middle and Eastern Europe.

EutelsatTAGFirstly it has consolidated its long-standing commercial relationship with United Group that boasts over half a million subscriber homes in Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and FYRO Macedonia. The new deal will see the long-term extension of agreements for capacity on the EUTELSAT 16A satellite, increasing the reach of United's Total TV premium pay-TV platform.

In addition to securing capacity requirements at the leading video neighbourhood in South East Europe, Total TV is preparing the ground for the complete migration of its multi-channel platform to MPEG4 and DVB-S2 in order to optimise capacity and increase its HD channel offer. The transition will start later in February 2015 month and is expected to be completed by mid-2016.

"We are delighted that United Group has renewed its confidence in EUTELSAT 16A and that we can plan for many years into the future," commented Apostolos Triantafyllou, CEE regional vice president of sales at Eutelsat. "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."

In the second move, Telekom Austria Group (TAG) will also tap the EUTELSAT 16A satellite to offer triple-play services to any home in a region covering Central and Eastern Europe using a single dish. In September 2013, the two companies announced an agreement to host Telekom Austria Group's white label DTH platform on the EUTELSAT 16A satellite to broadcast television services to Central and Eastern Europe.