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Intelsat offers more to watch in Central and Eastern Europe

Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, has signed a contract with Hungaro DigiTel, one of Europe’s leading satellite telecommunications providers, to assist the company in its expansion of digital television distribution services for TV2 Hungary. Hungaro DigiTel will distribute 14 additional TV channels in Hungary and the neighboring countries. They will leverage Intelsat’s reliable and expansive 1West satellite neighborhood over Hungary and Central Europe to provide access to millions of viewers.

Many of Intelsat’s most successful TV customers can be found at the 1West neighborhood. TV2 has Hungary’s largest television portfolio

Intelsat’s 1West neighborhood provides reliability and the potential for future growth by offering co-location with the leading platforms, programmers and channels. This deal further strengthens the 1West satellite neighborhood and Intelsat’s leading position in the market.

Many of Intelsat’s most successful TV customers can be found at the 1West neighborhood. TV2 has Hungary’s largest television portfolio. The media company recently made its biggest program investment by expanding its offering with 14 new stations such as Exatlon Hungary, Bezár a Bazár or Mokka, and Tények Plusz, to name a few. TV2 is a ratings leader, it finished 2021 as the most-watched channel on all three days of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, both in full day and primetime, in all three main target groups.

“Our video neighborhoods and platforms allow our customers and their broadcast customers to maximize viewership by delivering targeted content to the right audiences,” said Rhys Morgan, regional vice president and general manager of Africa, Europe, and the Middle East at Intelsat. “We are proud to be selected as a partner of choice for Hungaro DigiTel to support them in launching and delivering TV2 channels to the 1.8 million Hungarian viewers reached by the strong coverage provided by our 1West neighborhood.”

Intelsat already carries about 200 Hungarian channels to around 1.8 million viewers in the country on 1West. The 1West neighborhood is a multi-satellite solution distributing SD and HD content to cable operators, direct-to-homes, IPTV head ends and affiliates. The top five direct-to-home (DTH) platforms in the region are located on 1West as well as leading international programmers. Additionally, a 4K platform is now available on the neighborhood increasing the quality of content available to 18 million households in Central and Eastern Europe.

Additional success stories at 1West include ViacomCBS Networks International and Slovak Telekom providing Central Eastern Europe with the best DTH services with the greatest quality and quantity of channels. Both customers reap the benefits of this popular satellite neighborhood.


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