Eutelsat Communications has secured a multi-year capacity contract at its flagship HOTBIRD satellite neighbourhood with Spain’s leading telecommunications operator Telefonica.
Telefonica has selected Eutelsat’s key orbital position at 13° East to broadcast RTVE free-to-air content consisting of two HD channels, Spanish general interest channel TVE Internacional Europa, and the news channel, 24 Horas, as well as six RNE (Radio Nacional de España) radio stations.
RTVE is expected to benefit from the hotspot covering Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. These channels were previously distributed on the 19.2° East orbital position.
Commenting on the contract, Philippe Oliva, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial Officer, said, “We are proud to have been selected by Telefonica to broadcast the content of a major public broadcaster on HOTBIRD. This demonstrates both the benefit of satellite as a broadcast infrastructure and the attractiveness of HOTBIRD as a key neighbourhood across Europe and the MENA region.”
Francisco Panduro, EMEA Sales Manager, Telefonica Audio-visual Services, added: “Thanks to this partnership with Eutelsat, we are delighted that Spanish and Hispanic households across Europe will soon be able to enjoy a rich offer of video and radio content from both TVE and RNE.”