September 14, 2018
Aiming to enhance the variety of its TV package with Spanish-speaking content and new English-speaking channels, satellite TV provider Kiwisat is delivering 60 new channels to Caribbean audiences, of which 50 are in HD (High Definition), using SES’s satellite SES-10.
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Kiwisat Subscribers to Enjoy Augmented Channel Bouquet via SES (Photo: Business Wire)
Under the long-term extension agreement announced by SES, Kiwisat is leasing additional capacity to transmit the 60 additional channels via SES-10, which is already delivering Kiwisat’s current TV package of about 130 channels. This brings the new Kiwisat content line-up to about 190 channels, of which about 140 are in HD, with a mix of content in three languages: English, French, and now Spanish.
Launched in April this year on SES-10, Kiwisat offers the largest HD bouquet in the Caribbean region. By extending its channel line-up, Kiwisat will be able to offer different targeted TV packages adapted to the islands’ population and main language. With the support of resellers across the Caribbean, this will allow the platform to cater to various consumers’ needs in the region and reach a wider audience.
"With these new channels, we are not only bringing an even wider array of choice than before to viewers, but we are also offering more high picture quality content," said Andrew Wang, CEO of Kiwisat. ‘’With more channels, more reception equipment, and more points of presence in the Caribbean islands, we are on the path to exponential growth, and we are very pleased that our partner SES is accompanying us on this journey."
"We could not be more excited about Kiwisat’s success!’’ said Jurandir Pitsch, Vice President, Sales & Market Development for Latin America and Caribbean of SES Video. "As the first DTH platform designed for the Caribbean, Kiwisat has won viewers’ hearts with its accessible, top-quality TV entertainment offer, and now it’s ready to expand. We are very proud to contribute to our customer’s growth, and to help bring more content in high resolution to audiences in the Caribbean."
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