France’s CANAL+ Group Launches UHD Offering Via SES
SES announced that CANAL+ Group, the leading pay-TV operator in France, is launching its new satellite Ultra HD offer on a newly-designed, state-of-the-art set-top box using an SES satellite.
Using their existing satellite dish, all CANAL+ French satellite subscribers will be able to enjoy a wide range of premium UHD content, including cinema, series, original productions, and sport, using a new UHD satellite decoder, LE DECODEUR. Equipped with eight satellite tuners and integrated WiFi, the decoder also offers multiple functionalities and a new viewing experience by enabling multi-device and multi-room video consumption.
Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES Video, says: “CANAL+ Group is an important and long-standing partner for SES, and the SES Video team is proud to accompany our customer on its UHD journey. The commercial launch of this Ultra HD premium channel is a key milestone for the development of mass-market Ultra HD in France. We are delighted to see that French satellite pay-TV subscribers will enjoy the best viewing experience, both in terms of picture quality and functionalities. By positioning satellite at the heart of its distribution strategy, CANAL+ Group demonstrates that the role of our infrastructure is essential for linear TV distribution, offering the high throughput required for top-quality Ultra HD everywhere.”