French public broadcaster, France Télévisions, has secured a multi-year contract with Eutelsat Communications to broadcast two 4K channels on terrestrial and satellite networks. The channels, France 2 UHD and France 3 UHD, will be distributed via satellite to terrestrial transmitters across France, as well as through the Fransat platform for Direct-to-Home reception.
The EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite will be used for transmission, utilizing the new DVB-SIS technology standard. This allows France Télévisions to use a single content source for distribution to both terrestrial and satellite networks. The service is expected to commence before the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
UHD, or 4K, provides viewers with a true immersive experience, offering image quality four times richer than Full HD and double the frame rate. By incorporating satellite technology into their distribution strategy, France Télévisions aims to deliver high-quality content that can reach all audiences reliably.
Jacques Donat-Bouillud, Head of Distribution for France Télévisions, expressed the broadcaster’s satisfaction with the partnership, highlighting the exceptional picture and sound quality that 4K offers. France Télévisions chose Eutelsat due to their innovative and competitive solution for feeding both terrestrial and satellite networks, as well as their technical expertise and quality of services.
Laurence Delpy, General Manager of Eutelsat’s Video Business Unit, expressed gratitude for being selected by France Télévisions to launch a public UHD channel and deploy the DVB-SIS standard in France. Through this collaboration, France Télévisions ensures that all viewers in the country can enjoy high-quality 4K programming, regardless of their location.
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