ViewAfrica and ViewAsia Networks Select Intelsat for Program Distribution
Pembroke, Bermuda, 5 March 2007
Intelsat today announced that U.K.-based ViewAfrica and ViewAsia Networks have launched two regional platforms on the Intelsat system, expanding their program offering in Africa and Asia.
Through its multi-year contract on the Intelsat 7 and Intelsat 10 satellites ViewAfrica Network is distributing a free-to-air programming bouquet that now reaches all the Sub-Saharan countries with specific DTH focus on South Africa and Nigeria, and ViewAsia is distributing its programming into the cable headends of Asia.
“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 Stephen Spengler, Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific Sales. “DTH is the perfect way to reach African communities that are geographically dispersed and separated by varied terrain. By launching this platform on IS-7 and IS-10, ViewAfrica and ViewAsia Networks gain instant access to established neighborhoods, enabling them to reach their key distribution penetration goals in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia.”
ViewAfrica Network, uplinking out of Telemedia in South Africa, carries a free-to-air bouquet of religious programming that currently includes the following networks: Daystar, LoveWorld, Divine Truth Broadcasting and Emmanuel TV. ViewAfrica is among 27 DTH platforms built on the global Intelsat system.
“Intelsat 7 and Intelsat 10 offer the most comprehensive regional coverage that we are looking for, enabling us to deliver our programming into markets that would otherwise be inaccessible,” said Awaes Jaswal, CEO, ViewAfrica Network. “Intelsat’s industry-leading reliability enables us to distribute our programming easily, from one place, and with the highest quality possible.”
The Intelsat 7 provides video, direct-to-home and telecommunications services throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Intelsat 10’s Ku-band payload contains multiple high-powered beams focused on Africa, Europe, India, the Middle East, Central and Western Asia as well as Northeast Asia. The beams on Intelsat 10 can be switched between the various regions, offering greater flexibility in the creation of new platforms for the delivery of video, data and IP-based services.