PARIS, June 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Television Broadcasts Ltd (TVB) of Hong Kong, one of the world's largest producers and distributors of Chinese programmes, has selected capacity on the EUROBIRD(TM) 9 satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) to launch its new multi-channel digital platform of Chinese-language channels for satellite homes across Europe. For the first time in Europe, TVB's subsidiary 'The Chinese Channel' is offering a line-up of five of the Group's flagship infotainment channels including "TVBS-Europe" which specialises in Hong Kong drama series, local news and Chinese community events in Europe. It also comprises four speciality channels which were launched in first quarter 2008: "TVBN", a 24-hour Hong Kong and global news channel, "TVB Entertainment News" which focuses on entertainment news from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe and the USA, "TVB Classic" which shows nostalgic content, and "TVB Lifestyle" which specialises in fashion, travel and dining. The channels are broadcast in Cantonese and uplinked to EUROBIRD(TM) 9 by Eutelsat's Skylogic affiliate from its teleport in Turin. Using the slogan "Give me Five!", The Chinese Channel is targeting the population of half a million Cantonese speakers within EUROBIRD(TM) 9's pan-European footprint. Anthony Ho, Controller of the Overseas Satellite Operations Division of TVB said: "We are delighted to be associated with Eutelsat as our partner in this venture. To achieve our milestones, Eutelsat provided considerable technical assistance and advice to TVB, enabling the five channels to be on air in less than three months. Without this exceptional level of support we could not have kept to our very tight schedule. We look forward to further developing our collaboration with Eutelsat into the future, and also to bringing new television services with Mandarin Chinese content to Europe". "Our EUROBIRD(TM) 9 neighbourhood gives TVB the reach, power and capacity they require for this important new phase in their expansion across Europe," said Olivier Millies-Lacroix, Eutelsat's Commercial Director. "This new contract further consolidates the success of EUROBIRD(TM) 9, which in one year has attracted anchor clients including Hello HD from Hungary and Tele Columbus from Germany. In addition to offering a strong pan-European footprint, EUROBIRD(TM) 9's close proximity to our HOT BIRD(TM) neighbourhood offers broadcasters the potential to tap into satellite homes equipped for television reception from both neighbourhoods with off-the-shelf double-feed antennas." About Eutelsat Communications Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 24 satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's three leading satellite operators in terms of revenues. At 31 March 2008, Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting almost 3,000 television channels and 1,100 radio stations. More than 1,100 channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD(TM) video neighbourhood at 13 degrees East which serves over 120 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Group's satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates services through teleports in France and Italy that serve enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ 538 commercial, technical and operational experts from 27 countries.
http://www.eutelsat.com For further information Press Vanessa O'Connor Tel: +33-1-53-98-38-88 email@example.com Frederique Gautier Tel: +33-1-53-98-38-88 Tel: +33-1-53-98-38-88 firstname.lastname@example.org Investors Gilles Janvier Tel: +33-1-53-98-35-30 email@example.com For more information on The Chinese Channel please contact: Alice Cheng Assistant Marketing Manager Tel. +44-208-614-8355 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.chinese-channel.co.uk/
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