Telekom Austria Group and Your Family Entertainment AG (YFE) signed a strategic deal during MIPCOM for the uplink and satellite distribution of the “Fix&Foxi” family-oriented channel across the Central and Eastern European region.
Telekom Austria Group will act as a satellite distribution and contribution services provider for “Fix&Foxi” channel’s feed, targeted to the CEE territories. The channel will be uplinked from Telekom Austria Group’s earth station Aflenz on the Eutelsat 16A satellite at 16° East - the leading broadcast position for Central and Eastern Europe. As of October 16, 2017 TV operators across Central and Eastern Europe can downlink the „Fix&Foxi“ channel and add it to their pay-TV bouquets.
Fix&Foxi’s mission is to deliver high-quality entertainment as well as educational content to families around the globe. The channel targets primarily youngsters in the age group of 5-11 years, filling a unique niche in the typical multichannel lineup. The “Fix&Foxi” channel is the honored winner in the “Children’s” category at the 2016 Eutelsat TV Awards.
Alexander Neemann, Head of Channel Business about the development of „Fix&Foxi“ channel: "It is a pleasure to start this important cooperation with Telekom Austria Group in order to ensure the expansion of “Fix&Foxi”. We are very much looking forward to work with a provider that will enable us to introduce our channel to an even broader consumer base and enter into these exciting markets. We are confident that we will become a popular and much-valued addition to the platforms for kids and families across the Central and Eastern European region".
Commenting on the development, Stanislav Georgiev, Head of Media Broadcast, Telekom Austria Group, said: “The technical broadcast services we deliver now to YFE, a leading family-oriented content producer and broadcaster, are a natural evolution of our 10-year-old experience of distributing their channels across our pay-TV platforms. We are proud that YFE chose Telekom Austria Group’s direct2home platform and Eutelsat 16A for the technical distribution of their signal across CEE. It is yet another acknowledgment of the leadership position we take for broadcasting services in CEE.”
About Telekom Austria Group
Telekom Austria Group, listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange, is a leading provider of digital services and communications solutions in Central and Eastern Europe with more than 24 million customers, currently operating in seven countries: Austria and Slovenia (A1), Bulgaria (Mobiltel), Belarus (velcom), Croatia (Vipnet), the Republic of Serbia (Vip mobile) and the Republic of Macedonia (one.Vip).
Offering communications, payment and entertainment services as well as integrated business solutions, Telekom Austria Group achieved revenues of more than 4 billion Euros by year end 2016. Over 18.000 employees and state of the art broadband infrastructure make digital business and lifestyle possible and enable people, companies and things to connect everywhere anytime. As European unit of América Móvil, the third largest wireless services provider in the world, Telekom Austria Group is headquartered in Vienna and gives access to global solutions.
About Your Family Entertainment AG
Your Family Entertainment AG (WKN [German security code number]: A161N1, ISIN: DE000A161N14, Abbreviation: RTV) with its headquarter in Munich, was one founder of the first German private broadcaster, Sat.1, in 1984, contributed to the development of children's morning programming on Super RTL and is one of the founding members of Association of Private Broadcasters and Telemedia (VPRT). In addition, YFE is the producer and license distributor for high-quality programmes for children and the whole family and has one of the largest broadcaster-independent programme libraries in Europe. Its stock of programmes includes well-known and beloved series such as "Enid Blyton", "Fix&Foxi" and "Altair". Since 2007, YFE operates the award-winning yourfamily Pay TV children's channel which is named "Fix&Foxi" since December 2014 and has established itself worldwide. The channels are available as well in GAS-Region (German) as in Africa (English and French), Middle East (Arabic and English) and America (Spanish and English). “RiC” commenced broadcasting operations as a Free TV channel in September 2012 in the GAS region. In addition, YFE operates 20 mobile TV broadcasters on the Hutchison 3 TV platform. YFE is headed by Dr. Stefan Piëch.