For the Eutelsat awards, see Hot Bird TV Awards
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Only digital radio and television channels are transmitted by the Hot Bird constellation, both free-to-air and encrypted. In addition there are a few interactive and IP services. The satellites currently operate at 13° East and are numbered 6, 8 and 9.
List of satellites 
|Name||Launch Location||Current Location||Launch date||Status|
|Hot Bird 1||Kourou||Junk orbit||28 March 1995||Inactive|
|Hot Bird 2 (Eurobird 9)||Cape Canaveral||48°E||21 November 1996||Active|
|Hot Bird 3 (Eurobird 4)||Kourou||Junk orbit||2 September 1997||Inactive|
|Hot Bird 4 (Atlantic Bird 4)||Kourou||16°E||27 February 1998||Active|
|Hot Bird 5 (Eurobird 2)||Cape Canaveral||25.5°E||9 October 1998||Active|
|Hot Bird 6||Cape Canaveral||13°E||21 August 2002||Active|
|Hot Bird 7||Kourou||N/A - aborted launch||11 November 2002||Failed|
|Hot Bird 7A (Eurobird 9A)||Kourou||9°E||12 March 2006||Active|
|Hot Bird 8||Baikonur||13°E||4 August 2006||Active|
|Hot Bird 9||Kourou||13°E||20 December 2008||Active|
|Hot Bird 10 (EUTELSAT 3C)||Kourou||3°E||February 2009||Active|
Satellite details 
Hot Bird 1 
Hot Bird 1 was launched by Ariane 44LP in 28 March 1995. The 13° East slot predates the launch, with Eutelsat 1F1 having been located there as early as 1983, and Eutelsat 2F1 having also served time at the location. It has reached end-of-life.
Hot Bird 3 
Hot Bird 3 was launched by Ariane 44LP in 02 sep 1997 and intended to be moved to 10°E to become Eurobird 10. During the drift from 13°E to 10°E, the satellite suffered loss of power from one solar array. It was nevertheless successfully moved to 10°E, but could only operate at a reduced capacity. Since then, it is operating at 4°E under the name Eurobird 4. At last it moved to 75°E and its and renamed to ABS_1B. It has reached end-of-life.
Hot Bird 4 
Hot Bird 5 
Hot Bird 6 
Hot Bird 6 was launched by Atlas V 401 in 21 July 2002. Starting on 12 June 2009, the day of Iranian elections, deliberate interference affecting this satellite was traced to Iran. Hot Bird 6 is the primary carrier for BBC Persian Television.
Hot Bird 7/7A 
Hot Bird 8 
Hot Bird 9 
Hot Bird 9 was launched by Ariane 5 ECA in December 2008. Its entry into service enabled the Hot Bird 7A satellite to be redeployed to 9° East and rebranded Eurobird 9A, increasing capacity to 38 Ku band transponders at this orbital position.
Hot Bird 10 
Hot Bird 10 was launched by Ariane 5 ECA in February 2009 with NSS-9, Spirale A and Spirale B. It will support Eutelsat's expansion at 7° West, a key video neighbourhood for the Middle East. The EUTELSAT 3C (new name) satellite, having completed its mission at 7 degrees West as ATLANTIC BIRD™ 4A, has now been redeployed to 3 degrees East. Here, it will address data and telecoms markets in Europe and South-West Asia with high-power Ku-band coverage. It is colocated at 3 degrees East with EUTELSAT 3A. Eutelsat has expanded its commercial response to high-growth video, data, telecom and broadband markets with the opening of business at the 3° East orbital position.
Packages broadcast on Hot Bird 
- Bis TV
- Cyfrowy Polsat
- NOVA Greece
- NOVA Cyprus
- Press TV
- Sky Italia
- Telecom Serbia
- Tivù Sat
Free-To-Air channels 
Up to 1000 television and radio channels are available Free-To-Air.
List of providers 
- "Comparison of the Hot Bird series satellites". Retrieved 8 June 2010.
- BBC Persian television combats broadcast interference from Iran, BBC Press Release