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OSN, Eutelsat plan MENA Ultra-HD

Middle East and North Africa pay-TV provider OSN is ramping up capacity on the powerful Eutelsat 8 West B satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications. Additional capacity at the Middle East’s flagship TV neighbourhood will support more expansion for OSN, including new High Definition channels and the introduction of Ultra-HD services.

OSN will take advantage of the additional capacity to introduce Ultra-HD services to viewers in the Middle East. OSN also plans to ramp up its HD offer, with eight new channels announced recently and several new premium and exclusive channels to be launched soon.

Building on its 10-year partnership with Eutelsat, OSN has built a platform of premium content broadcast exclusively from the 7/8° West video neighbourhood that Eutelsat shares with Nilesat that reaches into homes from Morocco to the Gulf.

“We are enthusiastic about this additional capacity which will allow us to offer superior TV quality to our viewers,” said Mark Billinge, CTO, OSN, who added that the operator’s plans to move into Ultra-HD reflected its continuous ambition to raise the bar and be at the forefront of the latest TV technology.

“Following the launch in August last year of the powerful Eutelsat 8 West B satellite, this contract marks a new milestone in the growth story of the most popular satellite TV neighbourhood in the Middle East,” noted Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial & Development Officer. “We are honoured to celebrate 10 years of collaboration with OSN and are committed to furthering our longstanding presence and strong partnerships across the region, including playing our part in the roll-out of HD and the launch of Ultra-HD.”

The pair revealed details of the new contract at CABSAT 2016, the broadcasting convention taking place in Dubai from March 8th – 10th.

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