First world summit for digital satellite TV in Paris

PARIS: The First World Summit for digital satellite pay-TV platforms will be held on 27 and 28 January at the Hotel Inter-Continental, Paris.

It will be dedicated to the financing of digital platforms and their contents, bringing together large financial institutions and the key players of the satellite TV industry from 40 countries. Focused on financial and strategic issues, the summit mainly concerns CEOs and CFOs, who will make for 70 per cent of the attendees. It provides a unique opportunity to give an up-to-date review of the satellite TV business throughout the world.

Digital platforms have multiplied worldwide over the last five years. At the end of 2002, 55 platforms were diffusing 7,000 television channels across five continents, reaching 53 million paying subscribers with a turnover of $ 26 billion, thereby representing the activity with the most important growth in the video sector.

The First World Summit on digital pay-TV platforms via Satellite will bring together the key players in the industry :

It will serves as a meeting place for investment banks, satellite TV platforms, content and space capacity providers. The large investment banks involved in media financing will be represented. They include Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Salomon Smith Barney, Crédit Suisse/First Boston.

It will also bring together digital platforms from all over the world, notably SkyPerfecTV (Japan), BskyB (UK), DirecTV (US & Latin America), Telenor Plus AB (Scandinavia), Canal Satellite (France), Nowa Cyfra+ (Poland), Showtime Network Arabia (Middle East), ATCi (China), Tecsat (Brazil), Digitürk (Turkey) and Parabole (Indian Ocean Region).

The content providers and the new channels born during the digital revolution will be present, including B4U, Disney Channel, CNBC, MTV and Fashion TV.

The DTH World Summit on Pay-TV Financing is organised by Euroconsult, in collaboration with SES Global, Eutelsat, Intelsat, Canal+ Technologies, Paris Premi?re, CASBAA, Milbank and Marsh, as well as media partners Variety, Asia Pacific Broadcasting, Middle East Broadcast & Satellite, Satellite Finance and Space News.

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