Arqiva has secured the contract to distribute the France 24 news channel in the UK. The five-year contract sees Arqiva providing multiplexing, uplinking and satellite services that deliver the channel's English language feed to the BSkyB and Freesat platforms as well as a network of hotels.
France 24's 24/7 news programming is produced in Paris in French, English and Arabic. The English language feed is delivered via Arqiva's terrestrial fibre network using its facilities in France.
The English language feed is then uplinked onto Arqiva's Eurobird 1 satellite capacity through one of its international teleports. Arqiva's delivery of the service began on 1 November.
David Couret from France 24 said: "France 24 broadcasts extensive live prime-time content so it is crucial that our broadcast chain is as robust and reliable as possible. Arqiva is widely recognised as the UK broadcast specialist so we are pleased to be able to utilise their expertise in distributing our content into this essential market."
John Bozza, Sales Director, Broadcast & Media at Arqiva, added: "Arqiva's core expertise in the UK broadcast market extends to an international presence which makes it simple for us to provide global distribution services to major broadcasters all around the world. We are delighted to win this contract with France 24 and look forward to building our relationship with this leading international news broadcaster."
Arqiva has also won a further contract to deliver Freesat's Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).
Arqiva will use the dual and redundant multiplexing, uplink and satellite capacity on Eurobird 1 to ensure availability of EPG data to Freesat receivers across the UK.
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