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France: AB Groupe, Ericsson launch UHD channel

Ericsson has signed an exclusive multi-year broadcast and media services contract with AB Groupe, an independent provider of thematic channels in France.

Ericsson will provide playout services for AB Groupe’s Ultra Nature TV channel, the first ultra HD TV channel to launch in France. The 24 hour channel, which is dedicated to wildlife, discovery, travel and extreme sports programming, is a part of AB Groupe’s portfolio of 16 thematic channels and digital services.

Lionel Berthelot and Laurent Gaudinaud, Technical Directors at AB Groupe, said: “For France’s first 4K UHD TV channel, we have chosen the very best technical solutions available. We are delighted with the agreement and we have every confidence in the managed services expertise of Ericsson’s Broadcast and Media Services team.”

Thorsten Sauer, Head of Broadcast and Media Services, Ericsson, added: “We are proud to be selected by AB Groupe to help launch the first ultra HD TV channel in France. Our highly skilled teams and global experience managing complex playout operations make us the partner of choice for many broadcasters the world over. This contract win is the first milestone in what we believe will be a long and positive future with AB Groupe and we look forward to building on this relationship in the years to come.”

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