Luxembourg, 25 November 2021 – Luxembourg-based M7 Group, owned by CANAL+ Group and one of Europe’s leading pay TV providers, has concluded new HD satellite capacity agreements for its 1 degree West platform with respectively RTL Hungary, ViacomCBS and Network4/Viasat World.
The agreement with RTL Hungary facilitates the satellite distribution of RTL+ in HD quality. This also allows Hungarian football fans to enjoy live matches and highlights of the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Europa Conference League - for which RTL Hungary acquired the rights for three seasons - in crystal clear picture quality.
ViacomCBS utilizes the newly contracted 1 degree West capacity for the satellite distribution of its dedicated CEE feed of Nickelodeon HD. The agreement with M7 follows on a recent contract renewal for the satellite distribution of 12 ViacomCBS channels targeting various CEE markets.
Network4 in partnership with Viasat World contracted 1 degree West capacity for the distribution of a fully Hungarian-localized version of documentary channel Viasat Explorer, to be launched shortly. Network4 will be in charge of local advertising sales, while Viasat World is arranging the content line-up and localization.
The new satellite capacity agreements with RTL, ViacomCBS and Network4/Viasat World build upon long-standing contracts with all three parties for both 1 degree West and ASTRA 23.5 degrees East capacity, as well as related channel carriage agreements.
Bill Wijdeveld, VP Platform Content Services at M7 Group says: “We are truly delighted to have inked new agreements with three highly respected customers with whom we have enjoyed solid partnerships over many years. Not only for satellite platform services, but also for bringing their great content to our subscribers throughout the various M7 markets in Europe. We look forward to a continued, fruitful cooperation.”
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M7 Group is brand of Canal+ Luxembourg S. à r.l., a CANAL+ Group company, one of Europe’s largest operators of satellite and IP-based TV platforms based in Luxembourg. M7 Group uses different brands in different countries: Skylink and freeSAT in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Canal Digitaal in the Netherlands, TV Vlaanderen and TeleSat in Belgium, HD Austria in Austria, Direct One in Hungary and Focus Sat in Romania. All brands offer tailor made packages for clients adapted to the local culture and language in these countries. Today, M7 Group provides more than 3 million subscribers with hundreds of satellite and IP-based radio and television services in digital and HD quality. Since 2011, M7 Group also provides broadband and telephony services to its customers in the Netherlands and Belgium. M7 Platform Services provides broadcasters with end-to-end distribution solutions for DTH, cable and IPTV reception. www.m7group.eu.
Television Services Europe (TSE) provides comprehensive play-out, content production, management and transmission services for the Central and Eastern Europe operators and television broadcasters including MTV Networks, Vodafone, Disney and Discovery. TSE is also the holding company for several technological and content production companies and is the licensee from Ofcom UK for the channel SPORT EXTRA HD and co-owns MOOZ TV and Bollywood.