Beninese private news channel Golfe TV AFRICA has chosen Eutelsat Communications to support its transition to HD broadcasting. Golfe TV AFRICA has taken a three-year capacity lease on the Eutelsat 16A satellite to broadcast Sub-Saharan Africa’s first free-to-air High Definition channel. Broadcasts kicked off on October 1.
Golfe TV AFRICA is operated by Golfe Gazette Press Group, which was established 30 years ago. The channel has been transmitting in Standard Definition in Benin, both terrestrially and by satellite. Its ambition is now to offer an enhanced viewing experience to a television audience both in Benin and beyond, in 20 Anglophone and Francophone countries from Senegal to Mozambique.
Ishmael Soumanou, Chairman and Founder of the Golfe Gazette Press Group, said: “In order to accelerate our transition to HD in Africa, we naturally turned to the Eutelsat 16A satellite that represents one of the continent’s flagship neighbourhoods. Its booming audience and its strong line-up of over 150 channels played decisive roles in our decision making.”