Orange TV will cover 98% of French households

As part of the deployment of Orange's triple play offer, 24 million French households (98.3 per cent of the mainland population) will be able to access Orange TV from July 3rd with the launch of its' DTH service.

Orange has confirmed the selection of the two orbital positions as Eutelsat Hot Bird and Atlantic Bird 3 to handle the satellite broadcasting of the TV reception of its triple play offer where this is not accessible via ADSL. Globecast, another subsidiary of the France Telecom group, will handle the encoding, encrypting and transmission of the Orange TV channels.

As of July 3rd, nearly all French households will be able to subscribe to an Orange triple play offer (from E29.90 a month). Depending on where they live, customers will be equipped with either Orange TV via ADSL or via an installation combining ADSL and satellite reception.

The Orange football service is being launched in August following the winning of the rights to France's premiere matches for the next four years. Orange Cinéma Séries goes live in the autumn, available across TV, PC and mobile, and featuring content from with Warner Bros International Television, HBO, Gaumont and Fidélité Films.

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