Canal+ launches satellite bouquet for the Maghreb

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
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PARIS — The Canal+ Group (Paris: VIV) has announced the launch of a bouquet of French language satellite channels covering Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

The launch is the fruit of a partnership between CANAL OVERSEAS, part of the Canal+ Group, and Arabsat, the principal satellite operator in the Arab world.

The bouquet is available on ARABSAT’s new satellite BADR6, launched in August 2008.

The service is distributed using pre-paid smart cards, with the conditional access being provided by VIACCESS (PC 4.0).

The countries of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia represent a substantial market with a total of 13 million households, 10 million of which are equipped with satellite receivers.