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RRsat carries over 50 religious broadcast channels worldwide

February 16, 2011

RRsat Global Communications Network, a provider of comprehensive content management and global distribution services to the television and radio broadcasting industry  has announced that it will be attending the 2011 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention & Exposition, in Nashville, Tennessee. RRsat executives will be available to discuss RRsat’s ability to combine its Holy Land location with advanced technology, in order to enable services geared specifically for the religious programming industry. RRsat’s executives will address some of the following capabilities:

Live from the Holy Land –

With a studio in Jerusalem, Israel, used by over 20 broadcasters, including GOD TV and TV Visjon Norge AS from Norway, RRsat provides religious networks with direct access to the sights and sounds of the Holy Land. Networks can produce 24/7 or occasional programming regarding religious news directly from RRsat’s facilities and the other locations in Jerusalem. RRsat also assists in the production and broadcasting of live religious events, such as the live multi camera program out of the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel, by LeSea Broadcasting, where RRsat has provided the entire crew, equipment and production services, as well as the uplink back to South Bend, Indiana, for the past ten years, and the weekly live programs of TBN Russia.

“Based in Israel, RRsat has always found providing services specifically for the religious broadcasting community especially important,” said Shmulik Itzhaki, Sr. Director, Broadcast Sales, at RRsat. “Our location coupled with our technological capabilities allows RRsat to cater to the specific needs of religious broadcasters.”

An Advanced Hybrid Network Carrying 50 Religious Channels-

Capturing the essence of Jerusalem is just one aspect of RRsat’s commitment to providing high quality services for religious programming. RRsat offers advanced technological solutions to address the challenges of global broadcasting. RRsat continues to grow its hybrid network of satellite and fiber connectivity that enables the delivery of content from one geographic location to another geographic location in all commonly used formats, whether SD, HD or 3D.

In August 2010, RRsat announced the launch from RRsat’s Hawley Teleport in Pennsylvania of a new platform on the Galaxy 19 (G-19) satellite, which is devoted to the distribution of religious and ethnic radio and television content to the Americas. This new platform joins other RRsat platforms on satellites such as Hotbird, Thaicom, Hispasat and Amos, which combined, broadcast over 50 religious channels globally such as: 3ABN, Daystar Television Network, GOD TV, Hope Channel, TBN, and CNL.

Over-the-Top of the Internet
Religious content providers are able to further reach out to their communities Over-the-Top of the Internet. With RRinternetTV religious networks can either stream their broadcasts directly to their own websites, or opt to house it on the RRinternetTV site. RRinternetTV attracts a monthly average of a quarter of a million unique viewers, who view approximately three quarters of a million hours and consume close to 150TB of TV. This makes religious programming even more accessible to the millions of people worldwide who we believe seek this service.

RRsat’s executives will be in attendance at NRB 2011 and are currently scheduling interviews for that time. If you have any questions for RRsat, or would like to schedule an interview, please contact Josh Kail, whose contact information is provided below.

In addition, some useful quotes from current RRsat religious broadcasters are available below.


“I have been working with RRsat since 2005 and we have had a very good experience having them as a partner for our productions in Israel,” said Haakon Sengsvoll, Deputy Head of Broadcast of TV Visjon Norge AS. “So, for me as a project manager and producer, it is good to know that I have a company in Israel that is service minded, reliable and is able to deliver what we want.”

Moses Primo of 3ABN said “We’ve been using RRsat’s satellite services for over 15 years and this G-19 coverage is just what we needed to reach free-to-air (FTA) viewers from Canada, The United States, and all the way down to Central America.”

“Our recent launch on G-19 has opened up valuable markets for LLBN in the Caribbean and Latin America. Also, our LLBN Arabic and LLBN Chinese networks are experiencing rapid growth across G-19’s North American Market.” said Derrell Mundall, Vice President of Marketing, LLBN International.

“The RRsat service for North America is an appealing service,” says Brad Thorp, President of the Hope Channel Inc network, which currently operates ten unique channels. “We also use RRsat for our service on Hotbird 6 and IS 10, and believe the new RRsat platform will have special benefit to millions of viewers in the Americas.”

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