Georgia will get its first digital satellite TV platform on Eutelsat’s video neighbourhood at 36 degrees East. Due for launch by the end of 2009, it will comprise Georgia’s two public channels: GPB TV and Adjara, as well as two private channels: Rustavi 2, and Imedi TV.
Previously broadcast from a number of different orbital locations, the consolidation at Eutelsat’s 36 degrees East neighbourhood will make DTH reception of all four TV channels possible for Georgian TV homes equipped with a single satellite dish.
The yet to be launched Eutelsat W7 satellite will significantly boost capacity at this neighbourhood for TV broadcasters operating in Russia, Ukraine and Africa.
Co-positioned with Eutelsat’s W4 satellite, which already serves pay-TV operators in Russia (NTV Plus, Tricolor), Ukraine (Poverkhnost) and sub-Saharan Africa (MultiChoice Africa, HiTV), the new W7 will enable Eutelsat to almost double the bandwidth available in these regions. The new satellite will also deliver new resources over South Africa through a high-power fixed beam and over Central Asia through a steerable beam.