RRSat Inks Deal With Fox International Channels to Enable Broadcasts Expansion to Africa
Leading International Multi Media Company Reaches Millions of African Households with RRsat Global Distribution Network
AIRPORT CITY BUSINESS PARK, Israel, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. (NASDAQ: RRST), a leading provider of comprehensive digital content management and global distribution services to the television and radio broadcasting industry, announced today that it has signed a long-term agreement with Fox International Channels (FIC), 21st Century Fox's international multi-media business, to support broadcast of its French channels throughout Africa. FIC, which operates more than 300 channels globally, reaching over 1.6 billion viewers worldwide, is now expanding its content reach to the African continent with the RRsat's Global Network and MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd.'s ("MEASAT") AFRICASAT-1a satellite.
RRsat is supporting FIC's extended African content reach with the launch of some of its main factual TV brands: National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and the travelling channel Voyage via the new RRsat C-Band platform on AFRICASAT-1a to viewers throughout the continent.
"We are very satisfied for having RRsat's support in broadcasting some of our factual flagship TV channels across Africa, which will let us deliver our content to viewers all over the continent, reaching a greater number of subscribers and making possible the increase of distribution,", said Tim Joyce Vice President of Broadcast Operations Europe. "The factual channels branded by National Geographic and Voyage are an absolute reference inside the FIC's brands bouquet that will be very well welcomed by all audiences."
"RRsat welcomes the opportunity to work with Fox International Channels, one of the most successful media companies in the world, and to support Fox's strategic decision to distribute its flagship national geographic channels throughout Africa," said Lior Rival, Chief Commercial Officer of RRsat. "RRsat's MCPC platform on AFRICASAT-1a enables our customers to efficiently and cost effectively distribute content at the highest quality to householders and cable head ends in every country in Africa."
About Fox International Channels
FOX International Channels (FIC) is 21st Century FOX's international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 300+ wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, sports, lifestyle, factual and movie channels in 48 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. FIC's core channel brands include FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Life and National Geographic Channel. FIC's movie channels include FOX Movies, FOX Movies Premium, Star Chinese Movies and Moviecity.
These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.6 billion cumulative households worldwide. In addition, FIC owns and operates two production studios and produces thousands of local programming hours for its wholly owned channels and third parties.
About RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd.
RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. (NASDAQ: RRST) provides global, end-to-end, content management and distribution services to the rapidly expanding television and radio broadcasting industries, covering more than 150 countries. Through its RRsat Global Network, composed of satellite and terrestrial fiber optic capacity and the public Internet, RRsat provides high-quality and flexible global distribution services 24/7 to more than 630 channels reaching multiplatform operators, Internet TV and direct-to-home viewers worldwide and also offers occasional use services for sports, news and events with a fleet of flyaways and over 10 transportable satellite news gathering services (SNG) units. More than 130 television and radio channels use RRsat's advanced production and playout centers comprising comprehensive media asset management services. Visit the company's website www.rrsat.com
Information in this press release concerning FOX International Channels (FIC) is based on information provided by FOX International Channels and has not been independently verified by RRsat.
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