Eutelsat has recently secured a multi-year contract with France Télévisions, one of France’s largest broadcasters, for a new 4K broadcasting deal. This agreement will involve the distribution of two 4K channels, France 2 UHD and France 3 UHD, on both terrestrial and satellite networks.
Both channels will be distributed via satellite to terrestrial transmitters across France and will also be available through the Fransat platform for direct-to-home (DTH) reception. The channels will be broadcasted using the innovative DVB-SIS (Single Illumination System) transmission technology standard via Eutelsat 5 West B satellite.
This new technology enables France Télévisions to use a single content source that can be distributed to both the terrestrial network backbone and DTH reception on the Fransat platform. The implementation of this broadcasting system is expected to be completed by early 2024, ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Jacques Donat-Bouillud, Head of Distribution for France Télévisions, expressed satisfaction with the agreement, stating that the use of 4K standards allows them to provide viewers with exceptional picture and sound quality. He also mentioned that Eutelsat’s technical expertise and quality of services played a crucial role in the decision-making process.
This new broadcasting deal signifies a significant step towards expanding the availability of 4K content in France. It will allow viewers to enjoy enhanced viewing experiences of their favorite programs, including special events, on both terrestrial and satellite networks.