Luxembourg/Bratislava, 7 December 2021 – Luxembourg-based M7 Group, owned by CANAL+ and one of Europe’s leading pay TV providers, has concluded a long-term agreement with Slovak public broadcaster RTVS for the ASTRA 23.5 satellite distribution of all its four channels: Jednotka, Dvojka, Trojka, and the brand-new channel RTVS Šport, well-timed for the coming start of the Winter Olympics.
All RTVS channels will broadcast in HD quality, with dedicated EPG positions in the line-up of Skylink, M7’s market leading pay-TV provider for Slovakia and Czech Republic. M7 Platform Services provides an end-to-end satellite distribution solution, also allowing RTVS to deliver the channels to third party operators in Slovakia. To allow for a smooth transition of the channels from the current service provider, M7 will commence satellite transmissions already this month.
“We are very pleased and proud to be selected by RTVS for the satellite distribution of all its channels, including the new RTVS sports channel, allowing Slovak viewers to enjoy the coming Winter Olympics and other major sports events in superb HD quality,” says Jaromir Glisnik, Member of the Board at M7 Group. “We thank RTVS for their confidence and trust in our technical expertise and we look forward to a fruitful partnership in the coming years.”
Jaroslav Reznik, CEO of RTVS comments: "We chose M7 as our satellite partner as they submitted the best offer. At the same time, we are aware that M7 provides excellent and high-quality satellite distribution solutions in our region. This is crucial for a public service broadcaster like us. In addition, the partnership with M7 ensures the distribution of our channels to all Skylink TV households and at the same time allows us to use satellite signals to deliver channels to third party operators. We look forward to a great cooperation in the coming years. "
The RTVS channels will broadcast via ASTRA 3B at 23.5 East, Transponder 3.213, 11 954 MHz Horizontal, DVB S-2/8PSK, FEC 2/3, SR 29.900. For Slovakian Skylink customers the channels will be allocated as follows:
Jednotka HD (SK EPG position 1)
Dvojka HD (SK EPG position 2)
Trojka HD (SK EPG position 18)
RTVS Sport HD (SK EPG position 98)
M7 Group S.A., a CANAL+ Group company, is one of Europe’s largest operators of satellite and IP-based TV platforms and is 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, UPC Direct 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.