IFC Media and Your Family Entertainment (YFE) have teamed up to relaunch the Slovak language TV channel RiK.
The new linear pay-TV channel, which is aimed at children and families, will be on air for a 24 hours daily.
The relaunch of RiK in Slovakia represents the next step for the territorial expansion of channels after Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the launch of RiC International in cooperation with A1 Telekom (Austria) in 2019.
Commenting on the development, Jozef Pipek, CEO of IFC Media, said: “We are very excited about the partnership with YFE and the opportunity to return to Slovak families with our first Slovak language TV channel for kids. We firmly believe that RiK will enrich the TV-bouquets of all operators in Slovakia and fill a gap in the market with its strong focus on education, entertainment and promotion of social values”.
Bernd Wendeln, COO and board member of YFE, added: “Our group strives to expand internationally by teaming up with great partners. We are thus excited to join forces with IFC Media and are looking forward to a long-term partnership. RiK comes at the exact right moment for children and families in Slovakia. The launch is yet another excellent example of YFE’s ability to expand and build its business internationally, even in difficult times”.
Antik Telecom has become the first operator in Slovakia to carry the relaunched channel on all its platforms: in optical networks in the Basic package, broadcast via the AntikTV internet on mobile phones, TV and set-top boxes in the Big package as well as via AntikSat in the Family package.
IFC Media is a leading distributor of TV channels and content in the Czech and Slovak markets, while Munich-based-based YFE a producer and distributor of high-quality children and family programmes with one of the largest broadcaster-independent libraries in Europe.