To respond to increasing HD demand from its clients, GlobeCast has concluded a five-year contract with Eutelsat Communications for a third transponder on its EuroBird 9A satellite, which will carry a full HD DVB-S2 platform.
The first clients on the platform already include Eurosport and Fashion One. Eutelsat’s EuroBird 9A satellite was chosen for its potential to reach over five million direct-to-home and cable homes. The satellite’s proximity to Eutelsat’s Hot Bird video neighbourhood at its 13 degrees east orbital location adds the opportunity for broadcasters to reach homes and headends equipped with dual-feed reception from both positions. The platform is ideal for channels that want to reach a large audience, with a neighbourhood of flagship broadcasters as well as prime access to cable networks and Internet service providers (ISPs).