Utilising Amos 7 at 4 degrees West, they have started with an initial bouquet of 19 channels, six of which are in HD.
The channels are being distributed via MPEG-4 DVBS-2 technology. For most of the regional broadcasters, joining the bouquet will allow them to make the first step towards creation of digital DTH platform. It will also for the first time provide them with enough capacity to ensure high quality broadcast of TV programmes.
Commenting on the development, Yuri Balichev, first deputy DG of Ukrkosmos, said: “This new service improves the entire Ukrainian broadcast market by enabling regional channels to reach all the country. By creating this new digital broadcast platform with Spacecom’s Amos-7, we are further advancing technology’s reach in the Ukraine and starting to create a commercial satellite platform for regional TV channels.”
Jehuda Amir, Spacecom’s VP Sales CIS, added: “Amos-7’s Ukraine regional bouquet creates a new market and represents an easy transfer point for the local market to go digital. With an affordable entry point, the bouquet is changing Ukraine’s traditional broadcast market into an exciting and fast moving communications arena.”