ART makes Eutelsat renewal

The Arab Radio and Television Network has renewed its commitment to the Eutelsat Hot Bird neighbourhood for a further 12 years. The broadcaster has been an anchor tenant at the 13 degrees East position since 1998.

Around 500,000 homes subscribe to ART’s Arabseque package broadcast from Hot Bird 8 across Europe and North Africa. The channels are uplinked by Arab Digital Distribution, the platform company for ART’s owner, Arab Media Corporation.

Abed Alaziz Yamani, ART CEO, said the new contract represented an opportunity to expand its business. “We have been working with Eutelsat since 1998 and our partnership is going very well in serving our mutual interests. We believe that extending the current contract till 2020 is an expression of our satisfaction with the level of service we receive from Eutelsat”.

Olivier Milliès-Lacroix, Eutelsat Commercial Director added: “ART’s broadcasts make a powerful contribution to the diversity of the channels available from our Hot Bird neighbourhood. Our commitment is to providing ART with the infrastructure and the reach across Europe and the Maghreb they need for continuing to build their audience.”

ART produces around 6,000 live and recorded shows each, tapping into the largest Arabic movie library in the Middle East.