SAT-7 Channels increase their Arab Audience!
Two years after SAT-7 began broadcasting on the Nilesat satellite system, two of its Arabic channels recently transferred to a new satellite that has just been deployed at the Nilesat orbital slot, 7 degrees East. The satellite was specifically built to cover the Middle East and North Africa.
Both the SAT-7 ARABIC and SAT-7 KIDS channels have now completed the migration from the old Atlantic Bird 4A satellite to the new Atlantic Bird 7(AB7) satellite, which offers better coverage of the Arab world. Now, for the first time, parts of North Africa (Morocco and Western Algeria) will have access to these channels on Nilesat.
SAT-7’s CEO, Terence Ascott said, “We have been waiting a long time for the launch of this new satellite, which will not only give us a stronger signal and better coverage of all parts of the Arabic speaking world–but will also make it easier for new viewers to find these two key SAT-7 channels on their receivers!”
SAT-7 PLUS, the network’s Hotbird satellite channel, will continue serving all of the Middle East and North Africa (including greater Europe) with its “best of” programming from the SAT-7 ARABIC and SAT-7 KIDS channels.
In the midst of the uncertainty brought about by the Arab Spring, SAT-7 is providing daily encouragement, spiritual perspective, respite and solace. Live interactive programming gives viewers a chance to ask questions and hear answers from mature counselors.
Expanding the audience means expanding the impact of Christian teachings about the eternal and intrinsic value of human life, the blessings of human liberty, and respect for moral law.
“I came to Christ about a month ago through SAT-7 programs. I gave my heart to Christ and now I encourage my family to what your programs, as well…”
—viewer in Lebanon
The deployment of SAT-7’s Arabic-language channels on these two most popular satellite platforms–Nilesat and Hotbird–helps strengthen the ministry’s mission to “transform lives through hope in Jesus Christ” across the Middle East and North Africa, especially to youth and children–the largest population segment in the region–who are increasingly turning to SAT-7 ARABIC and SAT-7 KIDS for information about Christ and Christianity. Parents, as well, have been said to regard SAT-7 KIDS as a “safe place” for their children.
“I am a father of three…thank you…for teaching our kids about Jesus in such wonderful and creative ways. You teach…Christian values. They learn a lot about love, sacrifice, and putting others first. These principals we cannot find on other children’s channels…”
—viewer in Jordan
The new coordinates for SAT-7 ARABIC and SAT-7 KIDS, effective 23 October 2011 are: Atlantic Bird 7 at 7 degrees East, Frequency: 11,355 GHz, Vertical, 27.5 MSym/sec, FEC 5/6.
The broadcast coverage map for Atlantic Bird 7 (AB7) at 7 degrees East:
Launched in 1996, with US headquarters in Easton, MD, SAT-7 provides a spiritual solution and hope to the region using Christian programming created by and for the people of the Middle East and North Africa. SAT-7’s five channels include: SAT-7 ARABIC,
SAT-7 PARS (Farsi), SAT-7 TÜRK (Turkish), SAT-7 KIDS (Arabic) and SAT-7 PLUS (Arabic). SAT-7 has an estimated 15-17 million viewers (Intermedia research, 2009) and broadcasts in three languages: Arabic, Farsi and Turkish. SAT-7 can be viewed via satellite in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, much of Central Asia and worldwide at www.SAT7.org. For more information about SAT-7 go to: www.sat7usa.org.
For interviews with SAT-7 Founder and International CEO Terry Ascott regarding this news release, perspectives on current Middle East developments, or SAT-7’s distinctive work, contact the SAT-7 USA office.