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Italy: wedotv launches on Eutelsat’s Hotbird

AVoD and FAST channel programmer and distributor, wedotv, is expanding its distribution strategy to include satellite platforms, with the launch of a new wedotv FAST channel platform for audiences in Italy via Eutelsat’s Hotbird satellites, at 13° East. Starting this month, wedotv will add a lineup of 30 FAST channels, including its own proprietary FAST […]

September 15, 2023

2 new Eutelsat craft ready for business

Eutelsat’s latest two satellites, its Hotbirds 13F and 13G, have officially been declared open for business at 13 degrees East, Eutelsat’s flagship video orbital slot. “The satellites are reinforcing and enhancing the broadcast quality of around nine hundred television channels into more than 160 million homes across Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. These […]

September 13, 2023By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat HotBird 13F in orbital test mode

Eutelsat’s important HotBird 13F satellite, launched back in October 2022, is now in orbit. It has taken the past few months since its SpaceX launch to steadily raise its orbital height using its on-board electrical propulsion. Prime contractor for the satellite was Airbus and Eutelsat is using the Airbus/ESA Eurostar Neo platform. Currently HotBird 13F […]

March 28, 2023By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat Hotbird 13G successfully launched

SpaceX performed a flawless launch for Eutelsat’s 13G Hotbird satellite from Florida in the early hours of November 3rd at 1.22am local time. The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched CRS-22, Crew-3, Turksat 5B, Crew-4, CRS-25, and one Starlink mission. After stage separation, the first stage landed on the Just […]

November 3, 2022By Chris Forrester

Hotbird 13G ready to launch

Eutelsat’s latest Hotbird satellite, 13G, is slated to launch on November 2nd from Cape Canaveral. The satellite will join its sister craft Hotbird 13F (pictured) which launched on October 15th. SpaceX says it is targeting to launch the Eutelsat Hotbird 13G mission to a geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral […]

November 1, 2022By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat: Success for 13F, 13G en route

Following on from the slightly delayed but successful launch by SpaceX of Eutelsat’s latest Hotbird satellite (13F) on October 15th, Airbus has also confirmed that Eutelsat’s next-in-line satellite, Hotbird 13G, another of its latest ‘Eurostar Neo’ designs, has been flown to an airstrip at the Kennedy Space Centre from Toulouse in France. SpaceX launched 13F […]

October 17, 2022By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat’s Hotbird 13F ready for launch

Eutelsat’s Hotbird series of satellites have been a remarkable industry success. The first Hotbird was launched back in March 1995 to the 13 degrees East orbital slot. On October 13th SpaceX is planning to loft 13F at 11.25pm Florida time. Hotbird 13F, an all-electric satellite, is one of a pair and is the first craft […]

October 12, 2022By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat’s Hotbird 13F ships to Cape Canaveral

Airbus is shipping the first of a pair of Eutelsat ‘super-satellites’ to the Cape ready for launch preparations. Airbus is building two ‘super satellites’ for Eutelsat. Eutelsat Hotbird 13F is about to ship, while its sister craft, Eutelsat 13G is finishing up with Airbus and will be launched later this year. Eutelsat-13F and 13G will, […]

September 14, 2022By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat channel count down

Eutelsat has reported that its overall channel count has fallen over the six months to December 31st. The satellite operator said that its overall channel count was down 3.9 per cent year-on-year to 6,608 units (from 6879 in December 2019), reflecting a lower line-up at five degrees West following technical issues on EUTELSAT 5 West […]

February 16, 2021By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat forced to delay Konnect VHTS

Eutelsat enjoyed a near-spectacular market trading day on February 12th when its share price rocketed more than 6 per cent to end the day at €10.31. The rise reflected a sense of buoyancy from CE Rodolphe Belmer despite his alerting the market that its much-needed super-satellite Konnect Very High Throughput Satellite (VHTS) would be around […]

February 15, 2021