Following its launch in 2009 by Eutelsat to allow viewers living in areas not covered by IPTV or DTT to receive free DTH programming, digital satellite service Fransat has attracted two million users in metropolitan France.
Since its inception, Fransat has evolved into a complete HDTV bouquet, in addition to delivering FTA DTT channels, pay-TV packages and the first 4K broadcasts in 2014.
After dropping its Roland-Garros 4K HDR transmissions earlier in June, it has broadcast the end of the French tennis open in the 4K SDR standard. Following an agreement with TF1 4K, it is also offering the FIFA Women’s Football World Cup in Ultra HD. The operation will be renewed next September for the Rugby World Cup.
The dish bouquet now totals 120 TV channels and 60 radio stations, either on a free or pay basis and associated to interactive and connected services, including catch-up. Fransat is now compatible with some fifty different STBs, but has also developed with Samsung and Neotion an alternative solution of TV sets equipped with an integrated satellite tuner and a CA module.