TV5MONDE Afrique added to AMOS-5 Broadcast Neighbourhood
TV5Monde maximises SatLink’s Gateway to Africa from Europe.
On 20 February 2013, Spacecom which is on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange as “SCC”, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, and SatLink Communications, a leading teleport and HD Playout Centre delivering content to every corner of the world, has announced the addition of TV5MONDE Afrique to the AMOS-5 17°E French-language broadcast bouquet. SatLink Communications is providing a TV distribution platform on the satellite via its MCPC (Multi Channel Per Carrier).
TV5MONDE Afrique, the first international channel in the French language, is a general interest quality channel bringing knowledge and understanding of various cultures to the world. TV5MONDE Afrique enriches programming through exclusive and informative films, entertainment shows, sporting events, documentaries and productions. The channel is well known in French-speaking countries, with a nine out of 10 recognition rate.
Denise Epoté, Director of TV5MONDE Afrique, said, "As the number one brand in Africa, we’re excited to bring our superior programming to the AMOS-5 French-speaking neighborhood at 17°E. With a clear and powerful signal from Dakar in the Northwest all the way to La Réunion in the Southeast, the satellite offers our signal to more French-speaking audiences and in a simple manner."
SatLink Communications allows broadcasters to effectively distribute video content to and out of Africa for Direct-To-Home (DTH) or via Cable TV, DBS, DTT, MMDS, Mobile TV and IPTV partners across the continent. Taking advantage of SatLink’s Global Satellite and Fibre Network, the service is available on both AMOS-5 Pan African C-band coverage in DVB-S and DVBS-2 and additional two Ku-Band MCPC platforms to serve Sub-Saharan countries, giving broadcasters greater flexibility with the provisioning of services to Africa including the Uplink, Downlink, Turnaround, Playout, content management, content localisation, encryption (CA) solutions and inland installations.
From its 17°E orbital position, AMOS-5 provides powerful C-band and Ku-band beams for supplying broadcast and data services to the entire African continent. The satellite began commercial operations in January 2012 and is becoming a prime carrier of African satellite communications traffic in both broadcast and data services.
More than 10 million African households in 48 countries receive the channel, along with 40,000 hotels rooms. With African programmes making up to 15 percent of the programming, and with 40 hours of programming subtitled in English every week, TV5MONDE is a cornerstone in the African world of media.
Here are the key audience figures for TV5Monde Afrique: More than 90% awareness in all French-speaking African capitals: 94.6% in Kinshasa, 97.7% in Bamako, 93.6% in Dakar, with weekly audience figures up to 80% (81.6% in Bamako in Mali) and 64.8% in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where TV5MONDE is the leading international channel (source: Africascope 2012).
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