PARIS and ROME, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
New study confirms Eutelsat's HOT BIRD position as the first choice for satellite TV viewers, chosen by 7.3 million Italian homes
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today revealed the first results of its new survey on TV reception modes and trends across its global footprint, with a presentation in Rome of the Italian broadcasting landscape. Working in collaboration with Ipsos, Eutelsat announced that 8.2 million homes are now equipped with a Direct-to-Home antenna, consolidating the role of satellites as a core broadcast infrastructure serving one in three TV homes in Italy.
Eutelsat's HOT BIRD satellites, the longstanding reference for multi-channel viewing across Italy, account for 7.3 million homes, showing a gain of over 200,000 homes in 24 months. A further 700,000 homes are equipped to watch satellite TV from other Eutelsat neighbourhoods, led by EUTELSAT 16A, EUTELSAT 9A and EUTELSAT 7 West A. Over nine out of ten satellite homes in Italy are served by a Eutelsat satellite.
HOT BIRD: the preferred neighbourhood
Eutelsat's HOT BIRD broadcast satellites, already home to 378 Italian TV channels, have anchored their position as the platform of choice for exclusive Free-to-Air and pay-TV channels. HOT BIRD is also becoming the first port of call for the fast-growing HDTV market. The Sky Italia pay-TV platform has a subscriber base of 4.8 million homes at the HOT BIRD position and is driving HDTV take-up, with three out of four subscribers watching over 50 channels in HD. A total of 2.4 million Italian households are watching free-to-air channels, of which over 1.5 million are equipped for DTH reception of TivùSat, the satellite DTT platform, up from 1.3 million homes since the switch-off of Italy's analogue broadcasting network in July 2012.
Satellite: a core digital infrastructure
Overall, Italy's satellite TV universe continues to expand and is the second most popular route to multi-channel viewing. Of a nationwide base of 24.7 million TV homes one out of three has opted for satellite reception of pay or free-to-air channels. Sixteen million homes watch TV via the terrestrial network, while only 250,000 homes, in highly urban districts, are IPTV subscribers.
Jean-François Leprince-Ringuet, Eutelsat's Chief Commercial Officer, commented on the figures: "Satellite continues to make inroads in Italy's digital broadcasting landscape and we believe that the move to higher quality in the form of HD, 3D and for the future, 4K, will further consolidate its place as a core infrastructure. Our new survey reveals that Eutelsat's satellites, our investments and our partnership models enable broadcasters to optimise their reach across Italy and enable viewers to benefit from both choice and quality."
Eutelsat's two-yearly TV Reception Barometer, produced in collaboration with Ipsos, is an extensive multi-national analysis of TV reception modes and trends. The market research in Italy was carried out from September 2012 to November 2012 via face-to-face interviews.
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Ipsos is an independent market research company controlled and managed by research professionals. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos has grown into a worldwide research group with a strong presence in all key markets. In October 2011 Ipsos completed the acquisition of Synovate. The combination forms the world's third largest market research company. With offices in 85 countries, Ipsos delivers insightful expertise across six research specializations: advertising, customer loyalty, marketing, media, public affairs research, and survey management. Ipsos researchers assess market potential and interpret market trends. They develop and build brands. They help clients build long-term relationships with their customers. They test advertising and study audience responses to various media and they measure public opinion around the globe. Ipsos has been listed on the Paris Stock Exchange since 1999 and generated global revenues of €1,789 million (2,300 million USD) in 2012.
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About Eutelsat Communications (http://www.eutelsat.com)
Eutelsat Communications is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity commercialised on 30 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading satellite operators. As of 31 December 2012 Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting 4,500 television channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group's satellites also provide a wide range of services for TV contribution, corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial, technical and operational professionals from 30 countries.
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