Monday, August 11, 2008

Most-watched Albanian television moves to Home2US for broad, fully-managed US delivery

HERNDON, VIRGINIA - August 11, 2008 - Albanians living and working in the U.S. can now stay in touch with their homeland like never before. Home2US (, a leading provider of top international television and radio programming to ethnic audiences across North America and beyond, today announced it has added three premium channels produced by Albanias Top Channel (TCH) to its rapidly expanding direct-to-home lineup. The Albanian channel bouquet joining Home2US includes Top Channel, which features news, news analysis and entertainment. In conjunction with its move to the Home2US platform, Top Channel has introduced two new channels to the U.S. market: Top News, a 24/7 news channel, and Folk+, a channel devoted to Albanian music and movies. As part of the agreement with Top Channel, Home2US is providing a fully-managed U.S. distribution solution, including unsurpassed direct-to-home (DTH) expertise, encryption, call center support, billing, equipment provisioning, warehousing, and installation, and other end-to-end Pay-TV services. The highly-regarded programming content featured on Top Channel is developed by leading news journalists and entertainment producers for an audience of more than 7 million Albanians living throughout Europe. Popular talk shows, including Top Story and SHQIP, and current news programs like Fiks Fare are already favorites among hundreds of thousands of Albanian Americans interested in following events and enjoying entertainment straight from home. "The addition of Top Channel and its highly respected team of journalists and overall programming production quality to the Home2US lineup represent a premium expansion and a true win for Albanians living and working throughout America, said Emrah Ozkan, president and CEO of Home2US, noting the consistent growth of his firms core DTH business aboard SES AMERICOMs AMC-4 satellite has opened the door to new delivery options. "Home2US enables Top Channel to reach more Albanian households across the U.S. than ever before with the most reliable distribution platform in the world now capable of delivering content over broadband, satellite, cable, mobile, and IPTV networks. "Top Channel is dedicated to top quality news and entertainment programming so its only natural that we demand the best in our distribution partner, said Skerdi Drenova, vice general manager, Top Channel. "Home2US has quickly become home to some of the finest, most relevant international programming in the world for widely diverse ethnic audiences and the go-to distribution platform for top global content. Top Channel can now reach Albanians virtually anywhere across America with programming that matters most, added Drenova, who has signed a long-term distribution agreement with Home2US. "The growth and breadth of the Home2US international lineup makes it the clear DTH choice for global content in the U.S., said Bryan McGuirk, president of media and enterprise solutions for SES AMERICOM. "We now have the networks in place to allow Home2US customers to get their international programming on everything from flat screen TVs to handheld mobile devices. The Top Channel lineup features a broad range of news, sports, entertainment, and special event programming, including Dẽjầ Vu, an interactive discussion of social and cultural trends, topics and concerns; New Day, an informative daily morning radio and television program; and Top Story, a prime-time political talk show widely viewed throughout Albania and Europe. For more information about Top Channel programming or the Home2US lineup, visit About Top Channel Top Channel broadcasts a variety of quality news, sports, weather, and entertainment programming 24 hours a day. The innovative channel was launched in June of 2001 and quickly expanded and distinguished its content with quality and accurate programming delivered over state-of-the-art broadcast technology. By covering Europe, Top Channel has attracted an audience of more than 7 million Albanians living in various European countries. Top Channels mission is the production and distribution of informative, educational, and entertaining programs for Albanian audiences anywhere in the world. About Home2US Home2US Communications, Inc. delivers the best international programming to direct-to-home, video-on-demand, and pay-per-view audiences and mobile device users across North and South America. Founded in 2003, the firm leverages the reach and reliability of SES AMERICOMs AMC-4 satellite to deliver both television and radio programming to culturally diverse audiences across the U.S. and Canada. Home2US subscribers can choose from more than 70 channels. Later this year, Home2US will also deliver access to popular pay-per-view events. Based in Herndon, Virginia, Home2US has U.S. offices and operations in Maryland, Georgia, and California and strategic international locations around the globe.