November 20, 2012
Starting on 12 December, TV viewers across metropolitan
will be able to watch six new DTT channels broadcast exclusively in HD: Chérie 25, HD1, L'Équipe 21, Numéro 23, RMC Découverte and 6TER. The launch of these brand new channels marks another milestone in the expansion of free-to-air digital broadcast services in
and the progressive take-up of High Definition.
Only 25% of French homes in metropolitan
will be able to receive the new channels at launch through terrestrial reception (terrestrial reach will be progressively expanded until almost full coverage is achieved in mid-2015).
All will however have national coverage by sate
from day one
and will be
subscription-free FRANSAT platform.
Homes already equipped with a FRANSAT HD box will automatically receive the new channels using the channel numbering fixed by
national broadcasting authority (the CSA). Homes with a Standard Digital FRANSAT box can upgrade to an HD box to get the full line-up of content. For the 75% of French homes equipped for terrestrial reception, access to the expanded line-up will be possible with a satellite dish and a FRANSAT HD box, available in over 8,000 retail outlets across metropolitan
Jean-Luc Deroudilhe, CEO of Eutelsat's FRANSAT affiliate said:
We are delighted to
provide nationwide coverage
six new national channels
from day one
and to increase the HD offer to 10 subscription-free channels. The signal quality and digital choice availab
le through FRANSAT continues to attract
viewers, with almost two million TV sets now connected to our platform.
The FRANSAT platform is broadcast via the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite at 5 degrees West.