The French-language international channel has made its Europe feed more widely available in high definition.
TV5MONDE’s broadcasts on the Astra 19.2E satellite position are now in HD only. The existing standard definition feed of TV5MONDE Europe switched over to HD late last week.
As the existing SD slot was simply switched from SD to HD, most HD compatible receivers will continue to be able to access the channel, without retuning. SD-only satellite viewers have now lost the channel.
Cost-savings at the broadcaster mean that the Astra 19.2E version of TV5MONDE Europe is now the primary free-to-air direct-to-home satellite feed of the channel across most of Europe. Distribution via Hot Bird ended last year and unlike other broadcasters, there was no dual transmission period from SD to HD. Astra 19.2E broadcasts two versions of the channel – TV5MONDE Europe and TV5MONDE France, Belgium and Switzerland, which is already HD.
In the UK, viewers can either receive the channel directly from Astra 19.2E or online, including via TVPlayer. The channel discontinued broadcasts via Sky and Virgin Media two years ago.
Global feeds of the channel are broadcast via Intelsat 10-02, from where the HD version of TV5MONDE Europe is made available to distributors.
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