F24 selects three satellites

September 1, 2006 at 4:46 pm | Posted in Behind the Camera, France 24 | 6 Comments

France 24 is announcing the selection of three Eutelsat satellites to broadcast the new French international news channel across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to a network’s spokesperson.

The three satellites are HOT BIRD 7A, ATLANTIC BIRD 2 and EUROBIRD 1. Through HOT BIRD 7A, France 24 will be able to reach up to 80 per cent of cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

The channel will be available free in selected countries or as part of a package if received through the electronic programme guides of pay-TV platforms broadcasting from the HOT BIRD(TM) position. ATLANTIC BIRD 2 will allow France 24 to be received in Germany, and EUROBIRD 1 will ensure the broadcast of France 24 in the U.K. and Ireland, thanks to the London-based firm GlobeCast.

With this selection of satellites, France 24 expects to reach 45 millions homes equipped with a satellite dish and 70 million homes equipped with cable television.

Thanks to Craig McGinty at This French Life for sending me this news item.


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  1. […] Boutin also tells F24-TUW that the network has already selected the network of operators that will broadcast France 24 around the world. Last week, F24 announced the selection of three satellites from Eutelsat for broadcast in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. […]

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  3. It is my understanding that France 24 will become part of Sky’s News and Events Mix, one of Sky’s six packages. However, this has not been confirmed yet.

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