Three TBS channels join Eutelsatís KabelKiosk platform for cable networks in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), a major producer of news and
entertainment product and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable
industry, has selected Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) to supply
capacity and services for delivering three of its flagship entertainment channels,
Boomerang, Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), to cable networks
in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
Eutelsat is providing TBS with a comprehensive broadcasting package which
includes multiplexing, encryption and uplinking as well as transmission to cable
markets in continental Europe. Signals are taken from the TBS playout centre in
London and delivered by fibre to Eutelsatís Rambouillet teleport via a PoP in
Telehouse N, London. At Rambouillet, the channels are encrypted, placed into a
DVB multiplex for the KabelKiosk platform and transmitted by satellite to cable
Broadcasting with English and German soundtracks, the three TBS channels benefit
from privileged access to more than 170 regional cable network partners in Germany,
Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg who offer their subscribers the KabelKiosk
channel product, which is commercialised by Eutelsatís German subsidiary.
Delivered to cable networks by Eutelsatís ATLANTIC BIRDô 2 satellite, KabelKiosk
offers cable homes more than 60 channels, including 30 channels broadcasting in
nine languages for international communities, as well as live coverage of Germanyís
Bundesliga football matches.
"We are pleased to partner with Eutelsat, who is not only a leading provider of
satellite capacity but also offers a one-stop shop package for reaching cable
networks in which all our three channels are distributed" says Michael G. Riley SVP
and General Manager Germany, Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa of Turner
Olivier MilliŤs-Lacroix welcomed the arrival of TBS channels in the KabelKiosk
package: ďWe are delighted to have won the confidence of TBS to provide a turnkey
solution for delivering three of their prime channels from their London studios to cable
homes in continental Europe. Their addition to the KabelKiosk package is an
invaluable contribution to the portfolio of childrenís and family entertainment networks
we can offer to cable homes in continental EuropeĒ
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