Satellite services provider Intelsat and Canal+ Overseas, the largest French-speaking pay-TV operator in the French Overseas Territories, have renewed and expanded a multi-transponder, long-term agreement on Intelsat 903 at Intelsat’s 325.5°E video neighbourhood. CANAL+ Overseas will use the high power Ku-band satellite capacity to further expand its high definition, direct-to-home (DTH) programming in the Caribbean.
Under the agreement, Canal+ Overseas will continue to use multiple transponders on the Intelsat 903 satellite premier video neighbourhood. Beginning in 2017, Canal+ Overseas will transition its capacity to the follow-on satellite at that location, Intelsat 35e. With over 160 SD and HD channels, Intelsat 903 at 325.5°E is the leading DTH neighbourhood serving the French Caribbean territories.
“Intelsat worked closely with us to understand our long-term business requirements for serving the Caribbean region,” said Canal+ Overseas’ CTO Bruno Cattan. “As a result, Intelsat designed and customised a spot beam on Intelsat 35e, resulting in an optimised DTH distribution platform that will deliver greater DTH power to a broader coverage area. With more efficient distribution, the solution will better enable us to expand our service offerings and growth opportunities to all French territories in the region.”
“We continue to focus on helping our media customers find the right capacity on video neighbourhoods that will allow them to expand their subscriber base,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa sales at Intelsat. “The Intelsat 903 video neighbourhood will enable Canal+ Overseas to further expand their services and deliver unique programming to their customers in new and exciting ways.”