CABSAT 2017: Eutelsat expands app to include FTA channels at 7/8° West



Satellite operator Eutelsat is empowering its mobile programme guide to include free-to-air (FTA) channels broadcasting from the 7/8° West neighbourhood to homes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), RAPIDTVnews reported. launch was in April 2016, targeting the 65 million homes equipped for DTH reception from Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD neighbourhood, the same source added.

This app has already registered almost one million downloads and is now available to the more than 52 million DTH-equipped homes in MENA region, receiving free-to-air channels from 7/8° West.
In the same regard, Viewers can browse through detailed programme schedules of around 400 FTA channels with options to search by time, channel or type of content.

The app also permits broadcasters to enter programme schedules that are displayed real-time through the app. In addition, they are able to directly edit their data from a dedicated back-end.

Moreover,  programme guide interface is available in five languages (Arabic, English, French, Italian, Russian), accessing programme details in up to 40 languages.

It has already seen strong take-up in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and  Iran.

Users mainly drawn by the option to select preferred content in one click and to receive personalised recommendations. is also available for download on the App Store and on Google Play, said Eutelsat.




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