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Magyar Telekom to boost channel line-up with Spacecom

Spacecom has extended a long-term contract with Hungarian telco Magyar Telekom for capacity on its Amos satellite fleet.

The deal, worth up to US$7 million (€5.6 million) will see Spacecom supply Magyar Telekom’s T-Home SatTV DTH service with additional bandwidth, enabling the telco to expand the number of channels it broadcasts and create new bouquets.

Magyar Telekom, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, broadcasts over 100 channels in Hungary and Slovakia, including seven in HD and one in 3D. Collectively, Magyar Telekom’s T-Home SatTV in Hungary and its MagioTV platform in Slovakia use a total of 216MHz on the Amos fleet at the 4° West orbital position. In recent years, Magyar Telekom has expanded its relationship with Spacecom with deals valued up to $14 million.
“This extension with Amos will enable us to develop and grow our popular platform. The broadcasting market in Hungary is on track to continue its expansion, and together with Amos we will be able to bring more HD channels and add further services to meet the market’s increasing needs,” said Balazs Birck, head of the product development department at Magyar Telekom.

The Amos satellite fleet at 4° West serves three European DTH brands and four in total, including Ukraine’s Xtra, Slovakia’s MagioTV and Hungary’s T-Home SatTV, and Israel’s Yes.