Pay TV operator M7 Group has extended its existing agreement with channel provider Scripps Networks UK & EMEA for the European launch of the latter’s Fine Living HD channel on its platforms.
Fine Living HD will be made available to subscribers of M7 Group’s pay-TV platforms in the Czech Republic and Slovakia via Skylink, The Netherlands via Canal Digitaal and Flanders on TV Vlaanderen. The other HD channels of Scripps Networks, Travel Channel HD and Food Network HD, are already available on the platforms.
M7 Platform Services will also arrange for the satellite delivery of Fine Living HD to third party operators within the footprint of Astra 3B at 23.5° East. This service scheme includes the provision of smartcards and CI modules, 24/7 quality monitoring and help desk support to third party operators. M7 Platform Services already provides these services for other available channels of Scripps Networks: Travel Channel HD, Food Network HD and SD, Fine Living SD.
“Following the success of Travel Channel HD and Food Network HD in in these territories, we are pleased to expand our partnership with the M7 Group with the delivery of our Fine Living programming also in HD,” said Phillip Luff, managing director, Scripps Networks UK & EMEA. “Our alliance with M7 Group allows us to distribute our channels in a cost-effective and high-quality manner to both direct-to-home viewers and third-party operators in Europe.”
Bill Wijdeveld, VP business development at M7 Group said: “We are very proud on this further extension of our distribution agreement with Scripps Networks UK & EMEA, now including all the Scripps Networks channels. We are also pleased that our direct-to-home viewers in the Benelux and CEE markets will have the chance to enjoy Fine Living in full HD quality. We look forward to a continued successful partnership with Scripps Networks.”