The launch of Turkish broadcaster TRT’s new Arabic language channel, TRT Arabi in HD, on 7 January was successfully executed through a multi-year agreement with Globecast and Turksat.
TRT Arabi can to be viewed in HD across Europe and the MENA region via three major satellites: Hotbird, Badr 4 and Eutelsat 7 West A.
Turksat worked extensively with Globecast to provide the technical broadcast solutions needed to launch the new HD service. Globecast has provided the connectivity and uplink distribution services using its reach to access the three satellites. Globecast has a longstanding relationship with Arabsat and Eutelsat enabling it to distribute TRT Arabi in HD to Europe and the MENA region on highly penetrated video neighborhoods.
Speaking about the partnership, Murat Akgüç, Deputy Director General Of TRT, said: “We have a very strong relationship with both Globecast and Turksat, including the successful launch of TRT World globally in 2017. Expanding our relationship with them for the launch of the HD variant of TV Arabi was an obvious choice as we trust their technical expertise, customer service and their relationships with satellite operators.”
Giorgio Giacomini, MD of Globecast in the Middle East, said, “It’s great to be so closely involved with the launch of the HD variant of TV Arabi as we believe this significantly enhances the channel’s appeal. It has been a great team effort to bring this to fruition and we look forward to the continuing expansion of our relationship.”