Zambia's Muvi TV gains satellite capacity from Eutelsat
Rebecca Hawkes
| 07 November 2014
Zambian commercial broadcaster Muvi TV is expanding its satellite capacity on Eutelsat 7B through the German play-out centre and uplink facility Stellar.

The extra capacity will enable Muvi TV to double the range of channels it has broadcast since 2013 via the satellite. Now providing 12 channels, the network offers popular Nigerian content, new Muvi-branded channels, news, sports including German Bundesliga football matches and user-generated content.

Some channels, namely Africa TV, Emmanuel TV and Prism Africa, will continue to broadcast free-to-air across Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique. However, subscription channels are available to Zambians who register for a Muvi TV smartcard and set-top box.

"Our tremendous growth over the last five years has been underpinned by our relationships with top technology partners. We are pleased to cement these partnerships with long-term agreements with two top providers with Eutelsat for satellite capacity and with Stellar for play-out and turnaround services," said Steve Nyirenda, CEO, Muvi TV.

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat's chief commercial and development officer, said: "The pace of digitisation in Africa is gathering speed, transforming the media landscape and opening up exciting new options for viewers. We are delighted to accompany the expansion of Muvi TV that is emerging as a platform of reference in Sub-Saharan Africa, delivering an innovative venture that is a source of new content creation and extending the benefits of digital to homes everywhere."