RRsat Global Communications Network, a 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’s 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.”