Eutelsat Communications and Digiturk, have re-established a multi-year multi-transponder agreement on the Eutelsat 7A satellite. This extends a collaboration that began in 2000 with the launch of Turkey’s first pay-TV platform.
Digiturk is the largest pay-TV operator in Turkey. The company has confirmed it will use 17 transponders on the Eutelsat 7A satellite to broadcast a considerable amount of content that includes the Turkish Football Super League and the Tahincioglu Basketball Super League. The broadcaster has 3.5 million subscribers and transmits 221 channels.
Yousef Al-Obaidly, CEO of Digiturk, said: “We are very happy to continue our agreement with Eutelsat, our solution partner since Digiturk launched. The beIN Media Group believes in the future of this country and its market, and plans to continue its investments. The most important focus for us uring this transformation process is customer satisfaction. The renewal of our agreement with Eutelsat underpins this belief. In pursuing our relationship with Eutelsat our subscribers can continue to focus their antennas to the 7° East position and we can provide service continuity through a colocated Eutelsat satellite. With Eutelsat, we are continuing our successful journey to make our business much stronger.”
Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, said: “We are delighted to pursue a relationship that is now in its 17th year with Digiturk. The power and reach of our EUTELSAT 7A satellite ensures that Turkish TV homes have access to compelling content and innovation that continues to enhance their viewing experience. We look forward to taking our collaboration to a new level and to supporting Digiturk’s drive to remain in the vanguard of Turkey’s broadcast market.”
Digiturk broadcasts exclusively from Eutelsat’s 7° East video neighbourhood, and uses the Eutelsat 7A satellite, designed with a customised high-power beam, over Turkey and into Western Europe. Customised back-up capacity is also secured via the collocated Eutelsat 7B satellite.