13 April 2010 - FRANCE 24 EXPANDS COVERAGE IN NORTH AMERICA WITH GLOBECAST
Leading international news broadcaster FRANCE 24 has signed a three-year deal with GlobeCast to expand coverage of its English-language channel in the United States and Canada, using the Galaxy 23 satellite.
The satellite will give FRANCE 24 access to thousands of cable headends throughout North America, including up to 90% of the American cable market.
Currently available in select television markets in the United States through MhZ Worldview and on certain cable and DSL networks, FRANCE 24 is now in a position to expand its American audience to all fifty states.
In Canada, FRANCE 24 has held CRTC licenses for digital broadcast of the English and French language channels since 2008 and will now consolidate its development across the country.
GlobeCast will be providing FRANCE 24 in English with uplink from its Culver City (Los Angeles) teleport as well as space capacity and 24/7 monitoring.
GlobeCast has been the distribution partner of choice for FRANCE 24 since the channel’s launch in 2006. This includes the delivery of multiple versions of the channel to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.
Featuring news and current events from a French perspective, the channel broadcasts in 3 languages (French, English and Arabic) and is owned by broadcasting group AEF.
GlobeCast (www.globecast.com):a subsidiary of France Telecom/Orange, GlobeCast is a leading provider of media management and global content delivery services for broadcasters and content creators. With a secure fiber and satellite network connected to 12 teleports and technical operations centers worldwide, GlobeCast manages and transports an estimated 10 million hours of video and other rich media each year. An integrator of audiovisual technology and a full service provider, GlobeCast works with all the actors in the audiovisual chain from production companies to broadcasters, retail organizations, cinema chains and more. The company provides on-site service from major news and sporting events for coverage in SD, HD or even 3D. Present in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia, GlobeCast is also an expert in international television markets, and works with new and established broadcasters to reach and secure coverage with leading pay TV operators around the world.
About FRANCE 24:FRANCE 24 is the first French international news channel that offers a French perspective and sensibility on world events. It broadcasts on a 24/7 basis on three channels, in French, English and Arabic, in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and in Northern America. FRANCE 24 can be accessed by cable, satellite, DSL and on mobile. The website www.france24.com is available in three languages (English, French, Arabic).