June launch for Fransat on Eutelsat

By Robert Briel | April 8, 2009 | 06:21 UK

FransatA new bouquet of the French digital terrestrial channels will be available from June onwards on the Eutelsat Atlantic Bird 3 satellite. The offer will be marketed as Fransat and will be in competition with the Canal+ operated TNTSat bouquet on Astra.

Eutelsat’s 5° West neighbourhood, which is occupied by Atlantic Bird 3, has operated as a complement to France’s terrestrial broadcasting network for more than 20 years by delivering channels direct by satellite to homes located beyond terrestrial reception.

The transition to digital of this key French neighbourhood reflects the ‘Digital France 2012 Plan’ and the new broadcasting law of March 5, 2009, which aim to offer a solution to homes in areas with poor terrestrial reception to access DTT channels without incurring the extra cost of adjusting their existing dish installation. France’s free analogue channels will remain available via Atlantic Bird 3.

The majority of France’s 18 free-to-air DTT channels are already transmitting from this position. Assembled by Eutelsat in the Fransat platform, the 18 channels will be available from June with no subscription fee. Viewers will need to buy a special Fransat kit comprising a digital decoder and access card, which will cost Euro 99.00 in retail. Multiple vendors will supply the box.

Until now, the available DTT channels on this position were only available as part of the pay offer from Bis of the Groupe AB.

In addition to the 18 SD channels, the bouquet will also broadcast the four free DTT channels broadcast in HDTV: TF1 HD, France 2 HD, Arte HD and M6 HD.

Commenting on the announcement, Giuliano Berretta, Chairman and CEO of Eutelsat Communications, said in a statement: “By offering all French free DTT channels to homes beyond range of terrestrial reception Eutelsat is demonstrating its ambition to accompany the transition to digital for all French homes, and to pursue the universal service mission of the 5° West neighbourhood. With Fransat satellite technology is once again showing how it complements terrestrial networks and plays a key role at the heart of the digital economy. By accelerating the digitisation process of our longstanding installed base of antennas pointed towards 5° West, we are consolidating this neighbourhood’s role as a major video pole for the French market and providing a valuable new opportunity for our client operators to develop digital services


Eutelsat: lance Fransat sur Atlantic Bird 3.

mer 08 avr, 9h28

(CercleFinance.com) - Eutelsat annonce l'arrivée en juin de la TNT gratuite française sur son satellite Atlantic Bird 3 pour les foyers en zone d'ombre, à travers le service de diffusion Fransat.

' Le lancement de l'offre Fransat sur Atlantic Bird 3 permettra aux 1,5 million de foyers français qui reçoivent la télévision analogique par ce satellite de passer au numérique sans toucher à leur parabole. ' précise l'opérateur de satellites.

Depuis plus de vingt ans, la position 5 degrees Ouest d'Eutelsat, occupée par le satellite Atlantic Bird 3, assure une mission de complément de couverture du réseau hertzien terrestre français pour les foyers situés en zone d'ombre.

La majeure partie des 18 chaînes de la TNT gratuite étaient d'ores et déjà présentes sur ce satellite. Réunies par Eutelsat au sein du bouquet Fransat, ces 18 chaînes seront accessibles sans abonnement en juin 2009 à 100% des foyers équipés d'une antenne pointée vers le satellite Atlantic Bird 3 et d'un pack labellisé Fransat composé d'un décodeur numérique et d'une carte d'accès.

En plus des chaînes en définition standard de la TNT, le Pack Fransat permettra la réception des quatre chaînes en haute définition de la TNT : TF1 HD, France 2 HD, Arte HD et M6 HD.

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اعلنت يوتلسات عن عزمها اطلاق باقة TNT فرنسية ومجانية Fransat مع بداية شهر جوان .
هاته الباقة هي في الاصل لتقوية الاشارة علي المناطق الفرنسية في مناطق الظل - متاع فرانسا مش متاعنا - .
وستمكن هاته الباقة من تحول ما يقارب 1.5 مليون فرنسي من البث التماثلي الي الرقمي .
هاته الباقة Fransat تتكون من 18 قناة الموجودة حاليا علي القمر Atlantic Bird 3 ..نفس قنوات "BIS.TV" بالاضافة الي القنوات HD : TF1 HD, France 2 HD, Arte HD et M6 HD.