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TVN contracts additional Eutelsat capacity

October 20, 2021

Eutelsat Communications has signed a multi-year agreement enabling Poland’s leading media company to secure incremental in-orbit resources at Eutelsat’s flagship HOTBIRD video neighbourhood at 13° East.

The agreement is another step in the long-standing partnership between TVN, one of HOTBIRD’s anchor customers, and Eutelsat, which has accompanied TVN’s growth since the 1990s. It will support TVN’s ongoing effort to further enhance the quality of its offer at HOTBIRD.

Part of the Discovery Group, TVN is Poland’s leading private broadcaster with 24 channel brands, including free-to-air networks and a variety of lifestyle, news, sports and film pay-TV brands.

Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD neighbourhood is one of Europe’s most comprehensive satellite broadcasting systems in terms of coverage. It will be further optimised with the entry into service of two next-generation HOTBIRD satellites due to be launched in 2022 to replace the spacecraft currently operating at 13° East.

Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial Officer Philippe Oliva commented: “We are delighted to reinforce our longstanding relationship with TVN, as it expands its premium broadcast service in Europe. This agreement showcases the relevance of satellite as a broadcast infrastructure capable of reaching the largest audience in Europe, both today and in the years to come. It also highlights the unequalled footprint of the 13° East position over Europe combined with Eutelsat’s market-leading status in Poland’s broadcasting landscape.”

Krzysztof Kozłowski, Chief Technology Officer at TVN Discovery Group, added: “We are excited to continue to draw on Eutelsat’s in-orbit resources to strengthen the distribution of our broadcast services in Poland, one of our core markets in Europe. We are also delighted to continue our partnership with one of the world’s most established satellite operators, which dates back more than 20 years to the launch of our first television channel in 1997.”

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