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Eutelsat aims to improve satellite TV quality ahead of London 2012

Monday, September 12th 2011 by Nigel Adie
Eutelsat looking to boost satellite TV quality

The satellite operator is looking to improve current quality assurance standards.

Eutelsat Communications has announced plans to advance the quality assurance of satellite digital TV transmissions ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

A global industry-backed initiative has been launched with the intention of safeguarding satellite signal services in the run-up to London 2012, which is expected to be the world's most watched sporting event.

Explaining the scheme, Eutelsat said the commitment to quality assurance reflects the growing demand for TV images distributed via satellite to viewers around the world.

Over the past decade, the number of digital TV channels broadcast via Eutelsat's satellites has increased from 500 to more than 3,800.

The World Broadcasting Unions International Satellite Operations Group, the Global VSAT Forum and Satellite Interference Reduction Group have all given their support to the project.

Under the initiative, carrier identification will be integrated into transmission parameters from June 30th 2012.

Chief commercial officer at Eutelsat Andrew Wallace said: "It is a reflection of how our industry continues to grow and how, through collaboration, new technologies can be leveraged to maintain the high standards of service that the broadcast community expects."

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