Eutelsat puts hybrid broadcast and broadband networks front and centre at the Digiworld Summit
Paris, 19 November 2013 – Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) is today presenting to delegates at the Digiworld Summit in Montpellier a white paper, published by IDATE in collaboration with Eutelsat and Orange Group, called “Advanced TV services for all, available now with Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV solutions”. The paper gives a full overview on current trends towards hybrid network models that bundle broadcast TV reception with services available through the Internet.
The paper underlines how hybrid broadcast broadband TV unites the complementary assets of broadcast TV and broadband Internet, providing high-quality linear TV and a best-in-class on-demand TV experience now and cost-efficiently. This quick-to-market solution combines the efficiency of broadcasting for homogenous, live, quality TV available simultaneously to a large audience with the advantages of broadband networks for delivering individual choice of on-demand content.
Based on examples in key markets that include Korea (Olleh TV Skylife), the USA (DirecTV), France (a FRANSAT partnership with Samsung), Poland (Orange Polska) and the UK (Freesat), it presents how hybrid solutions are delivering a high-quality and enriched viewing experience, while adapting to the specific features of national markets and the requirements of viewers, broadcasters, platform operators, telcos and manufacturers of electronic equipment.
Eutelsat is also teaming up at Digiworld with key players in the French space industry, including Astrium, the CNES and Thales Alenia Space, through a joint stand showcasing a number of hybrid solutions. The FRANSAT platform of DTT channels and its new FRANSAT CONNECT connected TV portal, bundled with broadband access via the Tooway service, will be exhibited on Stand 8, underlining how satellites are a core technology in the digital era.
About Eutelsat Communications
With capacity commercialised on 31 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. As of 30 September 2013, Eutelsat’s satellites were broadcasting more than 4,700 television channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group’s satellites also provide a wide range of services for TV contribution, corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial, technical and operational professionals from 30 countries. www.eutelsat.com