SES has signed a capacity and uplink deal with Netherlands-based Scope Media TV for the free-to-air distribution of African Television (AFTV) via Astra’s 23.5° East orbital position.
Supported by various African broadcasters and embassies, AFTV aims to promote African culture, lifestyle, business and current affairs. AFTV will use the Astra distribution for DTH broadcasting and delivery to cable and IPTV operators in Europe. AFTV will commence its transmissions on 1 April 2012.
Larry Omodia, director of operations at AFTV said, “Africa is in many respects a beautiful continent, undergoing a very rapid economic development. Our aim is to show and demonstrate this to as many people outside Africa as possible. The launch of a dedicated television channel is therefore a logical step. We have selected SES as our satellite distribution partner in Europe because of its high quality distribution and wide European household reach. Moreover, SES demonstrated a strong belief and support towards our mission and vision.”