RRsat to distribute FTV’s new HD channel in US & to Dish Network

MUMBAI: RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. will be providing uplink and connectivity services for the new Fashion TV Paris High Definition channel – FTV HD, over North America and to DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH) via the Galaxy-19 satellite.

The new channel is available in full HD 1080i@50 all over North America and on DISH Network. FTV HD is available in the PlatinumHD package on DISH Network Ch. 374 and in the DishLATINO Ultimate Pack on Ch. 5304. Subscription is currently available to approximately 15 Million DISH Network customers.

Fashion TV president and CEO Michel Adam said, "We are very pleased to choose once again our long standing partner, RRsat, for its premier offering and global reach enabling us to offer the unique Fashion experience to millions of households over the globe. The HD format is perfect for FTV viewers who seek quality, luxury and a premium viewing experience. In the near future we are planning to launch the FTV channels on more and more US networks as the first media innovation entering the USA from Europe, and we hope to reach 50 million connected homes in the USA by Christmas 2009."

"We are extremely excited that our long standing customer, Fashion TV, has once again chosen RRsat, for the distribution of its advanced High Definition channel, leveraging RRsat’s three innovative HD playout centers. This is the third time that Fashion TV has chosen RRsat to distribute its advanced HD channels, with RRsat already taking FTV’s High Definition channel to Asia, Australia, via Asiasat-2 satellite, and to Europe, Middle East and Africa via EuroBird-9 satellite. This additional contract clearly attests to this long standing customer’s satisfaction with RRsat’s unique service offering," added RRsat CEO and founder David Rivel.