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France Télévisions Ramps up Eutelsat Capacity for HD Broadcasting of All France 3 Regional Channels

Eutelsat Communications and France Télévisions announce a new agreement for capacity on the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite that sets the scene for France’s public broadcaster to upgrade all of France 3's regional channels to HD from 5 April. The 24 regional channels will be available for the two million homes receiving Fransat, Eutelsat’s free-to-view TV platform for French homes.

France 3 Régions available in HD across 100% of French territory

The move is part of the complete switch of France’s DTT channels to MPEG4-HD in the night of 4 to 5 April. Fransat viewers will be the first satellite viewers to experience the benefits of enhanced sound and video quality of France 3's full roster of regional channels.

France Télévisions: 100% HD

The change in standard is a major challenge for France Télévisions, requiring uninterrupted broadcasting of a line-up comprising five national channels (France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5, France Ô) and the 24 regional channels of France 3. Video, audio, data used for audio description and connected TV services will all benefit from improved quality optimised for TV viewers.