Luxembourg/Cologne 10 May 2022 – Luxembourg-based M7 Group, owned by CANAL+ and one of Europe’s leading pay TV providers, has concluded a long-term satellite and OTT distribution agreement with US-based news channel NEWSMAX. The deal was announced today at the start of ANGACOM 2022 in Cologne.
NEWSMAX is the #4 rated news channel in the US and is available in 52 million pay TV homes in the country through every major provider including DIRECTV, Dish, Comcast, Verizon, and many others. It is also available on all top OTT platforms such as Roku, Pluto and Samsung TV+. NEWSMAX is now focused on expanding globally, starting in Europe with M7 Group.
Following the agreement with M7, NEWSMAX will from 1 June onwards start broadcasting Free-to-Air in HD via the M7 satellite platform at ASTRA 23.5 East. NEWSMAX will be listed in the EPG’s of Skylink (Czech Republic and Slovakia), Canal Digitaal (Netherlands) and TV VLAANDEREN (Flanders), the M7-owned Direct-To-Home platforms operating via ASTRA 23.5. Furthermore, NEWSMAX will be available as linear OTT channel via the M7 platforms in Hungary (Direct One), Romania (Focussat) , Austria (HD Austria) and Wallonia (TéléSAT).
Bill Wijdeveld, VP Platform Content Services at M7 Group, comments: “We are welcoming NEWSMAX on board of our TV platforms, allowing the channel to launch into multiple European markets in one go. We thank NEWSMAX for its trust and look forward to a fruitful cooperation over the coming years.”
Andy Biggers, SVP of Content Distribution of NEWSMAX adds: “We selected M7 as our European launch partner as it allows us to be instantly available in 7 European key markets. Moreover, being available via ASTRA 23.5 East allows us to deliver NEWSMAX to third party operators throughout ASTRA’s Europe-wide footprint in optimal picture and sound quality.”