Royal Wedding broadcast via Eutelsat to Africa
On 27 April 2011, Eutelsat announced that significant capacity on four satellites has been booked by UK and international media organisations for live coverage of the Royal Wedding on April 29 between Prince William and Kate Middleton.
A total of 13,000 MHz hours, equivalent to 15 transponders over 24 hours, were reserved on Eutelsat's Atlantic Bird 1, 2 and 3 satellites as well as on W3A to deliver live images and commentary from up to 48 specially-built studios and 140 Outside Broadcasting vans. The signals were transmitted direct to channels worldwide, including in the UK, across Europe and the Middle East, in the USA, China, Africa, Mexico and Brazil. This bandwidth contributed to delivering coverage of the event to an expected global audience of two billion viewers.
"This latest media event of global interest is the largest of the year so far to draw on our occasional-use resources and further underscores the involvement of Eutelsat's satellites in the complete broadcasting chain," commented Andrew Wallace, Eutelsat's Chief Commercial Officer. "In addition to delivering over 3,700 channels to more than 200 million satellite and cable homes across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Eutelsat's satellites are mobilised on a daily basis for direct video contribution of sports events, concerts, political summits and breaking news to television studios around the world."