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Arabsat to Broadcast France 24 Arabic and English HD on Badr-4

Artist’s conception of the Badr-4 satellite operated by Arabsat. Image courtesy of Astrium.

In addition to France 24 SD channels (in French, English, and Arabic) and the radio channels RFI and Monte Carlo Doualiya, France 24 has just started broadcasting two HD channels: France 24 HD in English and France 24 HD in Arabic, these latter being exclusively on Arabsat Badr 4. France 24 HD French will follow next year.

Khalid Balkheyour, Arabsat President and Chief Executive Officer said, “France 24 has been a long standing customer since the creation of the channels and we are particularly proud to announce the launch of its HD channels at 26°E. By choosing Badr-4, France 24 will enrich an attractive ultra-clear content to an audience covering most of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Arabsat is committed to continuing its efforts to attract premium broadcasters to provide to Arab communities in Europe with crystal clear picture quality and sound.”

Marie-Christine Saragosse, Chairwoman and CEO of France Médias Monde, the group in charge of French international broadcasting, including France 24, said, “we are delighted to strengthen our ties with Arabsat, allowing France 24 to better serve North Africa, the Middle-East, and Europe to reach close to 200 million homes. Thanks to this new agreement, France 24 in Arabic is now broadcast for the first time in HD quality across the region.”

About Arabsat DVB-S2 Platform:

Satellite: Arabsat BADR-4 @ 26° East
Coverage: MENA & Europe
Frequency: 12072 MHz
Polarity: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 27500
FEC: ¾
Transmission: DVB-S2
Modulation: 8PSK

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