MTG launches pay-TV channels in Uganda and Tanzania

October 5 2011

Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ.) (‘MTG’ or ‘the Group’), the international entertainment broadcasting group, today announced that it has launched its documentary pay-TV channels Viasat History and Viasat Nature in Uganda and Tanzania, following the signing of a distribution agreement with digital terrestrial television operator StarTimes. StarTimes will also include the channels in its pay-TV offering in Nigeria.

Viasat History and Viasat Nature are each being broadcast 12 hours a day via a single satellite feed. Viasat History features a broad range of high quality and award-winning history programmes, biopics, period dramas and cultural shows. Viasat Nature comprises family oriented content including documentaries about nature, wildlife, animal rescue and celebrity journeys.

The Viasat History, Viasat Nature, Viasat Explorer and Viasat Crime channels are already available to satellite pay-TV subscribers in Nigeria and to satellite and cable pay-TV subscribers in Kenya, following distribution deals signed earlier in 2011.

China’s StarTimes operates across eight African countries – Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Central African Republic, Guinea and Mozambique.

Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and CEO of MTG, commented: “This is further evidence of our commitment to extend the footprint of our free and pay-TV operations in sub-Saharan Africa. Our channels have already proven popular with subscribers and we intend to make them as broadly available as possible in these developing markets.”

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