- Kuwait TV now broadcasting nine HD channels exclusively from EUTELSAT 8 West B
- HD acceleration in Middle East and North Africa satellite TV landscape
Dubai, Paris, 23 March 2017- Kuwait TV, the official Kuwaiti state broadcaster and part of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information, announced today at Cabsat Dubai that the new Al-Qurain TV channel has launched in its free-to-air HD platform hosted on the EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite. The capacity used by Kuwait TV is provided by Gulfsat, Eutelsat’s long-term partner.
Launched one month ago, Al-Qurain TV is a heritage-based channel specialising in vintage Kuwaiti series and programmes. Kuwait TV, that amasses over 50 years of experience, broadcasts Kuwaiti-produced programmes in the Middle East and around the world. It completed the switch to HD through Gulfsat in 2015, coinciding with the arrival of EUTELSAT 8 West B. With the launch of this latest channel there are now nine Kuwait TV channels available free-to-air exclusively from EUTELSAT 8 West B in both SD and HD versions.
Ghassan Murat, Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Eutelsat Dubai, said: “The addition of Al-Qurain TV to Kuwait TV’s platform is indicative of a new wave of growth enabled by our EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite, particularly for HD channels that have increased by 50% over the last year.”
Mohammed AlHaj, Chairman and CEO of Gulfsat, said: “We are delighted to support Kuwait TV’s new venture and to be part of the expansion of Kuwait’s broadcasting landscape.”
Meshal Al-Makled, Under Secretary of the Department of Engineering at the Kuwait Ministry of Information, added: "With the launch in 2015 of Kuwait TV’s all-HD platform via the EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite, our country fully embraced key technological trends to give viewers the full benefits of superior image quality.”
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