Eurochannel extends reach in sub-Saharan Africa


Eurochannel, the international TV channel dedicated to European films and series, has launched on Euteslat 16A to reach sub-Saharan Africa.
The move comes three months after its launch into Europe via Eutelsat. The channel has signed a new five-year contract for capacity and services with Eutelsat Communications.

Eutelsat 16A’s Ku-band footprint sweeps across Africa, from Senegal in the West to Madagascar in the East. Eurochannel has joined a digital platform uplinked by Eutelsat and comprising over 20 TV channels beaming into Africa.

Eurochannel is broadcasting programmes subtitled in English, French and Portuguese, with terrestrial headends its principal target.
“When we analysed our options for expansion across sub-Saharan Africa Eutelsat 16A quickly emerged as the obvious choice for its high-power and strong reach of our target audience,” said

Eurochannel chairman and CEO, Gustavo Vainstein, in a statement.

“Working with Eutelsat since our launch across all Europe last year has enabled us to develop a solid relationship which we look forward to taking to the next level with this new phase in our international development.”
“Eutelsat 16A has quickly established itself as a valued platform for content delivery to network headends and for DTH reception in Africa,” added Rodney Benn, regional VP Africa at Eutelsat.

“Its reach of over 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, combined with the services we are supplying from our Rambouillet teleport, enable us to satisfy a surge of new demand and we are delighted to welcome Eurochannel as the latest addition to the platform.”