Television

SES enables Chinese startimes to expand tv reach in Africa

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/11/15/SES.jpg?itok=RQJCHQXm

MUMBAI: SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that StarTimes Communication Network Technology, China’s most influential system integrator, technology provider and network operator, has signed a 10-year contract on SES-5 at 5 degrees East to expand its media footprint in Africa and deliver direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast services across the continent.

StarTimes, which is the fastest-growing digital TV operator Africa and has over 2.6 million digital terrestrial television (DTT) subscribers, also acquired SES’ 20% shareholding in South African pay-TV operator Top TV.

The contract will see StarTimes utilise four transponders as of October 2013 and a fifth transponder from February 2014 to grow their DTH subscribers in Africa. The Chinese broadcaster will continue to broadcast TopTV on SES-5 by using three of the newly-contracted SES transponders that were formerly leased by ODM. The other two out of the five SES transponders contracted by StarTimes will be used to complement their DTT offering in remote and non-urban areas and grow their pay-TV business.  

“The recent success of StarTimes’s strategic investment in ODM will allow us to reach new audiences in South Africa. The partnership with SES enables StarTimes to have a DTH platform in addition to the existing DTT and mobile TV (CMMB) platforms in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, the high-powered SES-5 at the prime orbital location of 5 degrees East is ideal in overcoming the challenges of terrestrial coverage to reach large audiences. This will allow us to extend our broadcast reach across the continent and ensure excellent service and picture quality for our viewers,” said StarTimes Group Chairman and President Pang Xinxing.

“We are honoured that StarTimes has chosen to work with us to complement their DTT business across Africa and to deliver more exciting content to Africa's dynamic markets,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES. “The new partnership with StarTimes will illustrate how the combination of DTH and DTT is a key enabler in Africa's migration to digital TV and also help set pace in the continent's digital migration race.”

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/22/img_22012022_154631_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=hPb_0AEy
Colors Tamil launches kids’ special segment ‘Nick Neram’

Mumbai: Colors Tamil is all set to woo young viewers with the launch of 'Nick Neram,' a kids’ special segment from the house of Nickelodeon. As a part of this special initiative, the channel will air two brand new animated series "Golmaal Jr" and "Rudra: Boom Chik Chik Boom" every Monday to Friday...

Television TV Channels Kids
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/22/img_22012022_134450_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=HdqlbfxD
Colors Bangla’s ‘Sona Roder Gaan’ premieres on 24 January

Mumbai: Colors Bangla’s new prime-time offering "Sona Roder Gaan" is all set to premiere on January 24. Produced by Organinc Studios, the show will air every day at 8 p.m. The show is based on the life of Anondi (played by Payel Dey) who, taking on the burden of familial responsibilities, overcomes...

Television TV Channels Regional
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/22/img_22012022_115546_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=UkV8gm5i
Sun TV most viewed channel in week 2: Barc

Mumbai: Tamil GEC Sun TV was the most viewed channel in the second week of 2022 (8 January-4 January) according to Broadcast Audience Research Council (Barc) data. The channel garnered weekly AMAs of 3098.58, slightly higher than last week’s 3020.98. Star Utsav maintained a hold on the second...

Television TV Channels Viewership
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/21/img_21012022_150611_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=CVdKxPJA
Colors Gujarati’s 'Sorath Ni Mrs Singham' premieres on 21 Jan

Mumbai: Colors Gujarati has announced the launch of its new show titled "Sorath Ni Mrs Singham." Premiering on 21 January, the show will air every Monday to Saturday at 9 p.m.

Television TV Channels Regional
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/21/img_21012022_150034_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=0tdpY3LO
News18 India to telecast ‘Mahapoll’ ahead of assembly elections

Mumbai: As the polling dates for the upcoming assembly elections approach closer, political parties are driving their campaigns to the pinnacle in all poll-bound states including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Uttarakhand. News18 India will get a step ahead and telecast the biggest opinion poll ‘...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/21/img_21012022_143329_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=_xwEbV2j
Sony Sports showcases untold stories of WWE superstars in new campaign

Mumbai: Sony Sports Networks has launched a new campaign called 'WWE Superstars with Rana Daggubati’ that showcases the untold stories and heroics of WWE superstars.  Produced and conceptualised by Sony Sports Networks, the campaign will feature stories of ten WWE superstars narrated by South actor...

Television TV Channels Sports
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/21/2.jpg?itok=JUqQgRl6
VBS 2022: Over-regulation could impede pay-TV industry’s growth in near-term

Over-regulation could impede the pay-TV industry’s growth in the near term, especially amid rising competition from the OTT platforms, and DD Free Dish’s expanding territories, highlighted industry stakeholders at the Video and Broadband Summit (VBS) 2022 on Wednesday.

Television TV Channels Viewership
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/20/img_20012022_190838_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=-uw0vdhK
Red FM launches ‘Wave Se Safe’ campaign to spread Covid awareness

Mumbai: 93.5 Red FM along with Project StepOne has announced the new campaign called ‘Wave Se Safe’ that puts the spotlight on spreading authentic information about the new variant of Covid-19. The campaign aims to sensitise people about the situation and how putting it under control is in our own...

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/20/img_20012022_184751_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=UB2r17E_
Colors announces new talent show ‘Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan’

Mumbai: Colors has announced the launch of its new talent show "Hunarbaaz – Desh Ki Shaan" which will give people a platform to showcase their extraordinary skills.  Produced by Frames Production and hosted by Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa, the show will premiere on 22 January, airing every...

Television TV Channels GECs

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required