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M7 Group and Scripps Networks UK & EMEA extend agreement for the European Satellite distribution of Travel Channel, Food Network and Fine Living

M7 Group and Scripps Networks UK & EMEA extend agreement for the European Satellite distribution of Travel Channel, Food Network and Fine Living
LUXEMBOURG - 1 April, 2015 - M7 Group, one of the fastest growing cross-regional pay-TV operators in Europe,today announces that it has extended its agreement with Scripps Networks UK & EMEA, a division of the world's leading producer of engaging lifestyle content, for the European distribution of  Travel Channel HD, Food Network and FineLiving via the M7 Group platform. 



Following the new agreement, Food Network HD will be made available to subscribers of M7 Group's pay-TV platforms in the Czech Republic, Slovakia (Skylink), The Netherlands (Canal Digitaal,) and Flanders (TV VLAANDEREN).Travel Channel HD is currently available in these territories, as well as the Food Network SD-version and Fine Living channel.


As part of the same agreement, M7 Platform Services will arrange for the secure satellite delivery of Travel Channel HD,Food Network HD, Food Network SD and Fine Living SD to third party operators within the European footprint of ASTRA 3B at 23.5 degrees East. This service scheme includes the provision of smartcards and CI modules, 24/7 quality monitoring and help desk support to third party operators. 


"Following the success of Travel Channel HD, FineLiving and Food Network in standard definition in these territories, we are pleased to expand our partnership with the M7 Group. By delivering our FoodNetwork programming also in HD, we are able to offer viewers the world's leading food, entertainment and lifestyle channel in the best quality possible," said Jon Sichel, Managing Director, Scripps Networks UK & EMEA.   


Bill Wijdeveld, VP Business Development at M7 Group said: "We are very happy with this further extension of our service offering to Scripps Networks UK & EMEA, now also including the third party satellite distribution of its key channels. Moreover, our Direct-to-Home viewers in the Benelux and CEE markets will have the chance to enjoy Food Network in full HD quality. The agreement with Scripps reconfirms that our 'best of two worlds' distribution approach meets a growing demand from the broadcast industry for cost-efficient signal delivery solutions."  



Note for the press (not forpublication)  

For further information please contact:

M7 Group SA

T: +352 260 961 00 or press@m7group.eu.


For Scripps Networks International:

freuds at T: + 44 (0) 20 3003 6713/6649

Claire.Scott@freuds.com /Dan.Maynard@freuds.com                                                                        


About M7 Group   

M7 Group SA, based in Luxembourg, is one of Europe's fastest growing operators of satellite and IP-based TV platforms:Canal Digitaal and Online.nl in the Netherlands, TV Vlaanderen in Flanders and TéléSAT in French speaking Belgium, AustriaSat/HDAustria in Austria, Skylink for the Czech and Slovak market and AustriaSat Hungary for the Hungarian market. Through its subsidiary M7 Deutschland, M7 Group owns German pay-tv platforms KabelKiosk and mein Fernsehen. All brands offer tailor made packages for clients adapted to the local culture and language in these countries. Today, M7 Group SA provides more than 3 million viewers with hundreds of satellite and IP-based radio and television services in digital and HD quality. Since 2011, M7 Group SA also provides broadband and telephony services to its customers in theNetherlands and Belgium.  M7 Platform Services provides broadcasters with end-to-end distribution solutions for DTH, cable and IPTV reception. Through its subsidiary Stream Group, M7Group delivers enhanced interactive video, OTT and multiscreen services in Europe and Asia through its Solocoo platform. 


For more information, please visit www.m7group.eu.


About Scripps Networks Interactive  

Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) is one of the leading developers of engaging lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories for television, the Internet and emerging platforms. Its lifestyle media portfolio comprises popular television and Internet brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country, which collectively reach more than 190 million U.S. consumers each month.Companion websites complement on-air programming with video and social media that inform and inspire.

Scripps Networks International, a division of SNI, distributes seven entertainment brands including Asian Food Channel, CookingChannel, DIY Network, Fine Living, Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel in nearly 180 countries and territories across Europe,Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.The division oversees the company's joint-venture partnerships withBBC Worldwide in UKTV in the UK and with Shaw Media in Canada as well as program licensing. Scripps Networks International is head quartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and New York, NY, with regional offices in London, Miami, Milan, São Paulo and Singapore. 


For more information, please visit www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.com.

About Food Network

Food Network delivers a fresh approach to food programming and celebrates everything that is bold, fun and entertaining about the genre.  It is not your typical 'how to' cooking channel. It is one of the fastest growing lifestyle and entertainment brands packed with award-winning cooking and competition shows.

http://www.foodnetworktv.com is the 24/7 companion to the TV channel. Find daily TV listings, episode guides, chef biographies, recipes featured on air, blog posts and more. Recipes are organised by season, ingredient, chef, course, and cuisine make meal planning easy.

Food Network is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI), one of the leading developers of lifestyle content for the television and internet worldwide. Its sister brand Food Network is one of the most popular networks on US television and www.foodnetwork.com is the leading food website in the US, and number one lifestyle channel in the UK.


For more information, please visit www.foodnetworktv.com