Russian TV Times Selects Intelsat for Program Distribution Launch into Europe
Pembroke, Bermuda, 26 February 2008
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of commercial satellite services, today announced that Russian TV Times (RTVT) has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement on the Intelsat system, expanding its program offering into Europe.
Through its contract on the Intelsat 12 satellite located at 45 degrees East, RTVT will provide up to 30 channels of Russian news, film and sports programming to the estimated six million strong Russian-speaking population of Europe. The channel lineup of RTVT includes Feniks-Art, Bridge TV, Sarafan, Russkij Extreme, Travel Channel (UK), TV Centr International, ESPN Classic Europe and WorldMadeChannel.
“Intelsat offers broadcasters the best video neighborhoods and works closely with its customers to find the ideal distribution solution for their market and product,” said Jean Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Europe & Middle East Sales. “Intelsat continues to set the industry standard for ethnic programming distribution, with leading platforms in North America, Asia and Europe. New broadcasters, such as RTVT, choose Intelsat because we work with our customers to create unique market solutions that enable them to grow their business quicker and expand faster.”
“The Intelsat 12 satellite offers us the comprehensive regional coverage that we are looking for, enabling us to deliver our programming into the European countries for which we seek access,” said Alexey Zigalov, Director General of Russian TV Times. “Intelsat’s industry-leading infrastructure and reliability enables us to distribute our programming easily, from one place, and with the highest quality possible.”
The Intelsat 12 satellite provides capacity used for program distribution, broadcast contribution and enterprise networking. It is also Intelsat’s leading HD satellite in the region, currently distributing international programming to millions of viewers across Europe.