Levira to play-out brand new Fox Crime Norway

16.03.2011

Fox International Channels’ new channel Fox Crime Norway shall be aired from Levira’s play-out facility in Tallinn, Estonia.

Play-out and multimedia service provider Levira and Fox International Channels (FIC), focused on the distribution of Pay TV channels and digital services worldwide and the sister company of 20th Century Fox Studios, have agreed to extend the scope of cooperation that started back in 2009. From March 21st 2011 a brand new TV-channel for Norway – “Fox Crime Norway” shall go live on-air from one of Europe’s most modern play-out centres in Levira.

Levira is providing FIC full play-out service including ingest, QC, scheduling, play-out, monitoring, archiving and delivery of ready to broadcast signal to networks in Norway.

Levira is a fast developing technical service provider for broadcast, multimedia and telecom industries. Levira’s state-of-the art, fully automated, multichannel play-out centre was commercially launched on September 1st 2007. Currently 18 channels are aired from Levira’s facilities in Tallinn and distributed to the Baltic countries, Scandinavia, Benelux and sub-Saharan Africa. Levira play-out is interconnected with most strategic locations in Europe allowing Levira to move on with our existing and new customers to all European markets, enabling broadcasters to play out, localise and distribute their content to different local networks and platforms.

“We are honored to expand our cooperation with such a global and market driving partner like Fox,” says Mart Einpalu, CEO of Levira, “The cooperation with Fox has been highly demanding and we are pleased to see that our efforts have been appreciated. We understand the importance of launch of a new channel in Scandinavia and we will do our very best to meet the expectations of viewers.”
Levira and FIC started cooperation in summer 2009 when localization of FIC channels Fox Life, Fox Crime and National Geographic Channel for Estonian market was started from Levira facilities. Current agreement is another milestone for both parties demonstrating a fruitful cooperation.
”We have been working with Levira for the broadcasting of our channels in the Baltic’s region. Now, we are happy to extend our collaboration to include also our first entertainment channel in Scandinavia, Fox Crime, an international channel tailored specifically to the Norwegian market“, says Ase Ytreland, Managing Director of Fox International Channels for Nordic & Baltic Regions.

About Levira

Levira, owned by the Estonian state and the French telecom and broadcasting company TDF, provides media management and play-out services, data-centre facilities, operates various broadcast and wireless networks, provides outside broadcast (OB) and SNG services in Baltic’s, Scandinavia and beyond.

About Fox International Channels

FOX International Channels (FIC) is News Corporation’s international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 183 wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and movie channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 35 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions reach over 390 million subscribing households worldwide. Since 1993, we also operate a global online advertising unit, .FOX (“dot-fox”) specialized in online video and display, and four TV production houses. FIC operates two local offices in the Nordic region, in Copenhagen and Oslo, with 21 local staff. The company operates and manages 4 different National Geographic channels in the Nordic countries, and Fox Crime in Norway.

Fox Crime

FOX Crime is an entertainment channel entirely dedicated to crime and investigation. Originally developed in-house by FIC in Italy, where it is the highest-rated basic channel on the Sky platform, the service has since been exported to 67 countries and now reaches close to 14 million homes in Norway, the Balkans, Bulgaria, Baltics, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine and the CIS, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and across South East Asia. It is also available in HD in select markets.