French news channel selects GlobeCast

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GlobeCast has been chosen by the new French international news channel, FRANCE 24, to carry out its broadcast by satellite throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


GlobeCast’s satellite platforms, based in key orbital positions, will provide FRANCE 24 with access to several million television households throughout the world.


When it launches, FRANCE 24 will cover these regions with two channels, one entirely in French and the second carrying primarily English-language programming. Programs in Arabic will be added in mid-2007 and in Spanish in 2008.


GlobeCast will supply FRANCE 24 with an end-to-end solution, which will include the reception of programming in Paris, multiplexing, uplink and capacity services on the following platforms:


-ASTRA at 19.2° East (Europe)
-EUROBIRD at 28.5° East (United Kingdom and Ireland)
-NSS7 at 22° East (Africa)
-ArabSat-Badr at 26° East (Middle East)
-Nilesat at 7° West (Middle East)


FRANCE 24 chose GlobeCast for its renowned expertise in the delivery of television channels throughout the world, as well as its presence on five continents. Working independently vis-à-vis satellite operators, GlobeCast is “network agnostic” and not limited to providing capacity from a single satellite fleet. This permitted GlobeCast to bundle capacities in this first launch phase from five unique satellite operators into a multi-continental delivery platform for FRANCE 24.


FRANCE 24 is scheduled to launch between 25 November and 5 December 2006. The channel represents a 50/50 partnership between the public television group France Televisions and the French commercial channel TF1.

GlobeCast (www.globecast.com) – a subsidiary of France Telecom – is a leading global content management and delivery company. Via its worldwide satellite and fibre network, the company manages and transports 10 million hours of video and other rich media yearly for its core customer base of broadcasters, as well as corporate, government and retail clients. The company’s global presence includes 15 teleports and technical operations centres throughout Europe, America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia.


Press Contacts :
Matthew Rosensteinmatthew.rosenstein@globecast.com + 33 1 55 95 27 20
Tracey Milhamtracey@ing-media.com+ 44 207 247 8334

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