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MCS TV and Newslux Pick Eutelsat to Drive TV Channel Expansion in Southeast Asia
|By Business Wire
|July 16, 2014 07:28 AM EDT
MCS TV (part of Altice Group, a leading multinational cable and
telecommunications company) and Newslux have selected the EUTELSAT 70B
satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) to support the
expansion into Southeast Asia of two flagship channels, i24News and MCS
Both channels can now benefit from the exceptional features of the
EUTELSAT 70B satellite that gives direct access from Europe to the
economically booming Southeast Asian market. They have joined a digital
platform uplinked from Italy and are broadcast across Southeast Asia to
operators of cable and ADSL networks as well as homes equipped for
Launched in 2013, i24News is an international 24-hour news and current
affairs channel based in Tel Aviv and now available free-to-air via
EUTELSAT 70B in French and English-language versions. MCS International
is an international sports channel already available in more than 50
countries, with a strong focus on football, handball, volleyball,
fighting sports, tennis and extreme sports.
Nicolas Rotkoff, CEO of MCS TV, said: “We are delighted to accelerate
the reach of MCS International into South-Asian markets with Eutelsat.
What we appreciate with the EUTELSAT 70B proposal is the ability from
Europe to enter a new region with a high-power satellite delivering
attractive coverage for a wider market penetration of our sports
Frank Melloul, CEO of i24News said: “We are pleased to reinforce our
presence in Southeast Asia with Eutelsat. In less than a year, i24News
is now covering over one billion homes by satellite and is referenced
among leading TV operators in more than 75 million homes across the
Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial & Development Officer,
added: “With MCS TV and Newslux’s choice of EUTELSAT 70B further
compelling TV content is converging on this satellite’s Southeast Asia
service area to take advantage of its reach of Myanmar, Indonesia, the
Philippines, Thailand and also Australia. We are delighted to support
efforts by broadcasters to quickly and efficiently build an
international footprint and to see our 70° East platform gain traction
as it builds an audience across Southeast Asia.”
About Eutelsat Communications
Established in 1977, Eutelsat
Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is
one of the world's leading and most experienced operators of
communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 37
satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting
associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service
providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat’s satellites
provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa,
Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and
government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s
location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the
globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 32
countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to
deliver the highest quality of service.
For more about Eutelsat
please visit www.eutelsat.com
About MCS TV
Established in 2007, MCS TV broadcasts 8 sports
channels in France as well as in more than 50 different countries across
Europe, Africa including MCS sport, MCS Extreme, MCS Health, MCS Tennis
and Kombat Sport. Headquartered in Paris and Luxembourg, MCS TV is part
of Altice Group, a leading multinational cable and telecommunications
i24news, the 24/7 international news channel
launched one year ago, in July 17 2013, covers international news with
the perspective of Israeli society in all its diversity. The channel
managed by Frank Melloul broadcasts from Jaffa Port in Israel. i24news
airs all international and regional news in real time : news editions
and bulletins, press reviews, special editions, magazines, analyses and
debates on different topics such as politics, defense, economy, culture,
sports, technology and more. I24news is the new voice of the Middle-East.
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