Digitürk and Eutelsat Partner on Turkey's First Ultra HD (4K) Demonstration Channel

 Digitürk and Eutelsat Partner on Turkey's First Ultra HD (4K) Demonstration

PR Newswire

ANKARA, Turkey and PARIS, April 18, 2013

ANKARA, Turkey and PARIS, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Digitürk, Turkey's leading pay-TV platform has launched a dedicated
demonstration 4K channel in partnership with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext
Paris: ETL), one of the world's leading satellite operators. The
ground-breaking broadcast, the first time 4K has been shown in Turkey, helps
Digitürk lay the foundations for the next step change in television

The first broadcasts in Turkey took place on 2 April at Digitürk's
headquarters in Beşiktaş, using content aired for the first time and
transmitted via the EUTELSAT 7A satellite, home to Digitürk's pay-TV platform.
Delivering a resolution of eight million pixels, four times the resolution of
HDTV, Ultra HD (4K) is poised to mark the next big leap forward in the
immersive viewing experience. 

"Eutelsat is proud to be Digitürk's chosen digital satellite partner for
almost 15 years and to embark on this new venture in 4K broadcasting," said
Ali Korur, Eutelsat's Turkey, Middle East and Africa Manager. "Supporting the
broadcast industry along its continuing path of innovation is a core part of
our DNA. It was in this spirit that we launched demonstration HD and 3D
channels as these formats and ecosystems took shape, and the same spirit is
driving this new initiative."

Emre Uysal, Digitürk's Product Development and Broadcasting Systems Operations
Manager, says that the establishment of the standards and infrastructure for
4K are now actively underway, underlining that Digiturk has the infrastructure
and service capabilities required for 4K. "We have 4K capability as of now and
aim to be ready for commercial broadcasts once standards of this ecosystem are
finalised and consumer equipment is available in the market. This
demonstration channel gives us a powerful platform to show the vivid
experience afforded by Ultra HD and will enable us to build the broadcasting
chain from content production to home viewing."

Join Eutelsat at Caspian Telecoms in Istanbul from 18-19 April, Hilton
Istanbul Hotel, Stand D12.



DIGITURK was founded in March 1999 for providing services in the digital TV
broadcasting market and went live in 2000. Being the first digital
broadcasting platform in Turkey, it provides many TV, radio, music and
interactive channels for its subscribers with digital video and audio quality.
DIGITURK has reshaped the traditional TV habits with 21st Century technology
and is still the leading digital platform operator in Turkey. DIGITURK is
among the most important technology investments in Turkey and also among the
leading platforms in Europe. For more information: http://www.digiturk.com.tr.

About Eutelsat Communications (http://www.eutelsat.com)

Eutelsat Communications is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity
commercialised on 30 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle East,
Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat
Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the
world's leading satellite operators. As of 31 December 2012 Eutelsat's
satellites were broadcasting 4,500 television channels to over 200 million
cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group's
satellites also provide a wide range of services for TV contribution,
corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in
Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial, technical and
operational professionals from 30 countries.

SOURCE Eutelsat Communications and Digitürk

Contact: For further information - 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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