Afrikaans comes to UK TV on Freeview via Arqiva & THEMA

JSTV and JSTV2, along with KykNET join UK’s Freeview HD line-up through IPTV.

THEMA, a CANAL+ group company specialising in foreign TV channel distribution providing content, legal, technical and marketing expertise, together with Arqiva is distributing four pay TV channels on to Freeview HD devices.

JSTV and JSTV2, the only Japanese channels available in Europe cover all genres from entertainment, movies and news, to sports and kids and address the Japanese community living in the UK.

kykNET and kykNET Musiek provide a wide range of Afrikaans Entertainment that includes talk shows, music programmes, local dramas, and cookery shows.

These two packages, available separately to all UK homes with a connected Freeview HD device on channels portal positions 246 for JSTV and 247 for kykNET bring to the Japanese and Afrikaans speaking viewers in the UK programmes from their home countries.

In order to bring the channels onto the terrestrial platform, the Arqiva Connected Solutions team have launched two hybrid IP-TV portals with pay capabilities allowing a simple two minute signup process for viewers to watch premium content on Freeview HD devices. Additional bespoke work allows THEMA to manage subscriptions effectively and get insights into subscribers’ behaviour using a Subscriber Management Service (SMS).

Our Director of Connected Solutions Tom Cape, said: “By creating a bespoke pay TV capability for the THEMA channels we’re allowing greater flexibility in the content they serve and how they engage with their audiences.”

François Thiellet, THEMA CEO, added: “We’re pleased to announce this agreement with Arqiva to provide high quality programs to UK viewers on Freeview HD.”

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