New Russian DTH platform Raduga TV

New Russian DTH platform Raduga TV will be one of the key tenants on Asia Broadcast Satellite’s planned ABS-2 satellite, scheduled to launch in 2012. ABS and Raduga’s operator GT Satellite Systems last week signed a deal for “multiple” Ku-band transponders on ABS-2’s planned Russia/CIS beam.ABS-2 will be co-located with ABS-1 at 75 degrees East Longitude.

Raduga [Rainbow] TV launched in March this year. Currently offering over 40 channels, the package includes international brands such as Discovery, National Geographic and AXN as well as Viasat channels and local channels under the brand name 100 Club. Subscribers must buy a set-top and dish compatible with Irdeto-2 or with a common interface slot, as well as a Rainbow TV CAM module.

Luxembourg-based GTSS claims to have been the largest distributor of channels for cable operators and broadcasters in Russia since 2007. The company has concentrated on the 75 degrees East position to offer a wide range of services on delivery, postproduction and distribution of TV and radio programs, satellite Internet and data transmission, provision of communication channels, production and distribution of pay-TV content across Russia, CIS and Baltic states.

ABS-2 will be the most powerful commercial satellite ever launched in the Asia Pacific region with nearly 14 KW of payload power and up to 78 active C-band, Ku-band and Ka-band transponders across 8 different beams. It is designed for 15 years of operational life. The ABS-2 spacecraft will be manufactured by Space Systems/Loral and launched with Arianespace.

Philippe Cahen, Managing Director of GTSS, said: “GTSS – ABS agreement concerning ABS-2 capacity is extremely positive for the future development of our TV platform services. It gives us a clear perspective of increasing the number of TV and Radio channels in our packages, adding HD channels to our Cable and DTH distribution offer. We consider ABS our reliable partner, and look forward for further mutually beneficial relations with them.”