China Central Television (CCTV) has signed a long-term distribution contract with Eutelsat Communications to broadcast three of its flagship channels in high definition across Europe, the Middle-East, and North Africa.
CCTV-4 HD, CGTN HD, and CGTN-Documentary HD are now available in high definition in Chinese and English from the high-power Hotbird satellites. The channels broadcast free-to-air and complement standard digital versions already available from the region's leading broadcasting neighborhood. Eutelsat started broadcasting CCTV channels in 2008 and currently broadcasts on seven Eutelsat satellites serving Europe, Africa, and the Middle-East. China Global Television Network, or CGTN, is China's new international media organization, launched by CCTV in December 2016.