Eutelsat 5 West B issues hit Fransat
February 14, 2020
By Chris Forrester
Fransat, a subsidiary of Eutelsat and which transmits TV channels over France, says that the solar panel problem which is affecting Eutelsat’s 5 West B craft means it is going to have to drop some channels.
The troubled satellite, which launched in October 2019, is only operating at 45 per cent of its intended capacity.
As a result, from June 1st, Fransat’s existing customers will no longer be able to access the pay-TV offerings from beIN Sports and OCS, as well as five other channels (Canal J, Tiji, Boing, Boomerang and Toonami). All new subscriptions have already been suspended earlier this month, says Fransat.