Fox expands into Africa

RRSat has entered into a long-term agreement with Fox International Channels (FIC) to support the broadcast of its French channels throughout Africa.

FIC is expanding to the continent with RRsat’s Global Network and Measat’s Africasat-1a satellite.

The FIC channels in question will include National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and the travel-based Voyage.

Commenting on the development, Tim Joyce, VP of broadcast operations Europe at FIC, said: “We are very satisfied for having RRsat’s support in broadcasting some of our factual flagship TV channels across Africa, which will let us deliver our content to viewers all over the continent, reaching a greater number of subscribers and making possible the increase of distribution.

“The factual channels branded by National Geographic and Voyage are an absolute reference inside the FIC’s brands bouquet that will be very well welcomed by all audiences.”

Lior Rival, CCO at RRsat, added: “RRsat welcomes the opportunity to work with Fox International Channels, one of the most successful media companies in the world, and to support Fox’s strategic decision to distribute its flagship national geographic channels throughout Africa.

“RRsat’s MCPC platform on AFRICASAT-1a enables our customers to efficiently and cost effectively distribute content at the highest quality to householders and cable head ends in every country in Africa.”