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Eutelsat’s App Expands to Include Free-to-Air Channels

By Kendall Russell | March 23, 2017
Hotbird neighborhood coverage. Photo: Eutelsat.

Hotbird neighborhood coverage. Photo: Eutelsat.

Eutelsat Communications announced that, its mobile program guide, is expanding to include Free-to-Air (FTA) channels broadcasting from its 7/8 degrees west neighborhood. was launched in April 2016, targeting the 65 million homes equipped for Direct-to-Home (DTH) reception from Eutelsat’s Hotbird neighborhood. The app has already registered almost 1 million downloads and is now available to the more than 52 million DTH-equipped homes in the Middle East and North Africa that receive FTA channels from 7/8 degrees west. now gives viewers in the Middle East and North Africa the opportunity to browse through the program schedules of around 400 free-to-air channels, with options to search by time, channel or type of content. According to Intelsat, viewers benefit from a user-friendly program guide interface available in five languages (Arabic, English, French, Italian, Russian) and can access program details in up to 40 languages.

Eutelsat said has already seen strong take-up in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran, with users particularly drawn by the option to select preferred content in one click and to receive personalized recommendations.