San Marino boards Eutelsat craft
June 13, 2011
San Marino’s national broadcaster, San Marino RTV, has agreed a three-year contract with Eutelsat for the launch of SMtv, its new satellite channel. The service commences pan-Italian and pan-European broadcasting on June 13.
The broadcaster will optimise the reach of SMtv by broadcasting via Eutelsat’s Hot Bird video neighbourhood and the Eurobird 9A satellite. The 24-hour general entertainment channel will be available free-to-air to satellite TV homes and will also be carried in the Sky Italia and free-to-air tivùsat DTH platforms. The channel will be uplinked from the Cagliari (Sardinia) teleport owned and operated by Eutelsat’s affiliate, Skylogic.
Launched in 1993, San Marino RTV has progressively built up its broadcasting capability, reaching viewers through the DTT network in San Marino and Italy’s Emilia Romagna region. The satellite initiative will feature a strong editorial focus on San Marino and bordering Italian regions, but also events across the world, particularly political and economic issues in the Balkans and the Mediterranean Basin.
Carmen Lasorella, CEO of San Marino RTV, said that through satellite broadcasting, San Marino was now able to deliver a new perspective on news for viewers in Italy and across Europe. “Our commitment is to leveraging these new platforms to offer an innovative, complete and continually upgraded service,” he declared