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Dubai's OSN prepares for launch of Ultra HD channels

Pay-TV firm says it is to ramp up capacity on satellite to support more High Definition services

Dubai's OSN prepares for launch of Ultra HD channels

OSN, the Dubai-based pay-TV provider, is ramping up capacity on the EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite to prepare for the introduction of Ultra HD services.

The satellite, operated by Eutelsat Communications, will offer additional capacity and will support more High Definition channels being brought in by OSN.

The new contract was announced at CABSAT 2016, the broadcasting convention which took place in Dubai this week.

OSN will take advantage of the additional capacity to introduce Ultra HD services for viewers in the Middle East.

The company also said in a statement that it plans to ramp up its HD offer, with eight new channels announced recently and several new premium and exclusive channels to be launched soon.

Building on its 10-year partnership with Eutelsat, OSN has built a platform of premium content broadcast exclusively from the 7/8° West video neighbourhood that reaches into homes from Morocco to the Gulf.

Commenting on the new contract, Mark Billinge, chief technical officer, OSN said: "We are enthusiastic about this additional capacity which will allow us to offer superior TV quality to our viewers.

"Our plans to move into Ultra HD reflect our continuous ambition to raise the bar and be at the forefront of the latest TV technology."

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat's deputy CEO and chief commercial and development officer, added: "Following the launch in August last year of the powerful EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite, this contract marks a new milestone in the growth story of the most popular satellite TV neighbourhood in the Middle East.

"We are honoured to celebrate 10 years of collaboration with OSN and are committed to furthering our longstanding presence and strong partnerships across the region, including playing our part in the roll-out of HD and the launch of Ultra HD."