France’s six new DTT channels in High Definition gear up to launch on Eutelsat’s FRANSAT platform on 12 December

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France's six new DTT channels in High Definition gear up to launch on 
Eutelsat's FRANSAT platform on 12 December 
Paris, 20 November 2012 - Starting on 12 December, TV viewers across 
France will be able to watch six new DTT channels broadcast exclusively in HD:
Chérie 25, 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 satellite from day one, and will be
available in Eutelsat's subscription-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 to provide nationwide coverage of these six new national channels 
from day one and to increase the HD offer to 10 subscription-free channels. 
The signal quality and digital choice available through FRANSAT continues to 
attract viewers, with almost two million TV sets now connected to our 
The FRANSAT platform is broadcast via the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite at 
5 degrees West. 
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 
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