France's Six New DTT Channels in High Definition Gear Up to Launch on Eutelsat's FRANSAT Platform on 12 December

    France's Six New DTT Channels in High Definition Gear Up to Launch on
                  Eutelsat's FRANSAT Platform on 12 December

PR Newswire

PARIS, November 20, 2012

PARIS, November 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Starting on 12 December, TV viewers across metropolitan France will be able to
watch six new DTT channels broadcast exclusively in HD: Chérie25, HD1,
L'Équipe 21, Numéro 23, RMC Découverte and 6TER. The launch of these brand new
channels marks another milestone in the expansion of free-to-air digital
broadcast services in France and the progressive take-up of High Definition.

Only 25% of French homes in metropolitan France will be able to receive the
new channels at launch through terrestrial reception (terrestrial reach will
be progressively expanded until almost full coverage is achieved in mid-2015).
All will however have national coverage by satellitefrom day one,and will
beavailablein Eutelsat'ssubscription-free FRANSAT platform.

Homes already equipped with a FRANSAT HD box will automatically receive the
new channels using the channel numbering fixed by France's national
broadcasting authority (the CSA). Homes with a Standard Digital FRANSAT box
can upgrade to an HD box to get the full line-up of content. For the 75% of
French homes equipped for terrestrial reception, access to the expanded
line-up will be possible with a satellite dish and a FRANSAT HD box, available
in over 8,000 retail outlets across metropolitan France.

Jean-Luc Deroudilhe, CEO of Eutelsat's FRANSAT affiliate said: "We are
delighted toprovide nationwide coverageof thesesix new national
channelsfrom day oneand to increase the HD offer to 10 subscription-free
channels. The signal quality and digital choice available through FRANSAT
continues to attractviewers, with almost two million TV sets now connected to
our platform."

The FRANSAT platform is broadcast via the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite at 5
degreesWest.

About Eutelsat Communications

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is the
holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity commercialised on 29 satellites
that provide coverage across Europe, as well as the Middle East, Africa and
significant parts of Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's
three leading satellite operators. As of 30 September 2012 Eutelsat's
satellites were broadcasting 4,400 television channels to over 200 million
cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group's
satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications
services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets
for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight
markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates high
speed Internet services through teleports in France and Italy that serve
consumers, enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid
organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in
Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ just over 750 commercial,
technical and operational professionals. This culturally diverse staff
comprises employees from 30 countries. http://www.eutelsat.com and
http://www.fransat.fr

SOURCE Eutelsat Communications and FRANSAT

Contact: Press: Vanessa O'Connor, Tel: +33-1-53-98-37-91,
voconnor@eutelsat.fr; Frédérique Gautier, Tel: +33-1-53-98-37-91,
fgautier@eutelsat.fr; Marie-Sophie Ecuer, Tel: +33-1-53-98-37-91,
mecuer@eutelsat.fr; Investors and analysts: Lisa Finas, Tel:
+33-1-53-98-35-30, investors@eutelsat-communications.com; Leonard Wapler, Tel.
: +33-1-53-98-31-07, investors@eutelsat-communications.com
 
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