The six channels – RTS Satelit, RTS Zivot, RTS Drama, RTS Kolo, RTS Trezor, RTS Muzika – and radio station Radio Beograd will be transmitted to cable network headends in Europe and made available to several million Serbian expats across the region via a dedicated smart card which can be integrated into viewers’ set-top boxes.
Telekom Serbia will provide all ground services including satellite uplink, encoding and scrambling and rely on SES’s capacity on one of its Astra satellites positioned at 5 degrees East.
Commenting on the development, Martin Ornass-Kubacki, VP, chief regional officer Central Eastern Europe, SES Video, SES’s newly-created business unit, said: “We have been working together with our partner Telekom Serbia for many years on various projects and this new agreement strengthens not only our presence in the market but also our long-standing cooperation.
“We are also very pleased that RTS has chosen our Astra satellite for the distribution of its channels to the Serbian audience across Europe.”
Milutin Nikolic, wholesale director, Telekom Serbia, added: It is our pleasure to have RTS on board. SES quality and professionalism, as well as our long-lasting partnership, were essential for closing such a deal and we look forward to serving RTS needs, together with SES, in the best possible way”.