In the future, we plan to place CNL on additional European satellites, which will increase the availability of the channel.
The HotBird satellites are the most popular telecommunication satellites for non-English channels; with over 800 channels broadcasting in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Turkic, and many European and other languages. All Hotbird satellites are in the same orbit meaning that one receiver and dish picks up all channels.
The coverage area for HotBird spreads over 74 countries. CNL is a ‘free-to-air’ channel, meaning we do not use encryption. Those who turn their satellite dish to HotBird, he will be able to watch CNL. Even if someone subscribes to a ZIMBABWE package on HotBird, he will also receive all the free channels, including CNL.
Eutelsat, who is based in Paris (France), owns these satellites. According to their research, there are 40,000,000 homes receiving the HotBird channels. However their research is only conducted in half of the countries covered and so we know that the potential audience is much higher than this.
We are not able to conduct our own research into who is receiving the channel, or who is watching CNL. But from dialogue with those who live in Russian population centres throughout this window we believe there are over 15,000,000 Russian speaking homes connected to HotBird, and therefore able to view the CNL channel.
With the addition of the Yamal satellite in 2006, CNL not only reaches to the far East of Siberia, but also gives two opportunities for viewers in the populated areas of Western Russia and the Ukraine. Freedoms in Russia has given rise to a hunger for information. Today most Russian families have satellite television from HotBird or Yamal, or receive satellite channels through cable.
At the request of many Russians living in the USA, we began broadcasting across the entire United States of America, Canada, and Central America in June 2005.
Most English speaking Americans are only aware of the satellite and cable packages offered by media companies. There has not been a widespread awareness of ‘free-to-air’ (FTA) satellite TV in America. This is now changing, especially among immigrants and others, where English is not their first language.
There are several satellites over the USA specializing in foreign language channels. The most popular is ‘Galaxy 25’, formerly known as Intelsat Americas 5. There are over 250 channels on Galaxy 25 covering many languages, including four FTA Russian language channels, one being CNL. There are also eleven English language Christian channels.
New opportunity in Ukrainian language.
In recent years, the people of Ukraine have seen God at work in their country. Since the fall of the Soviet empire in 1990, Ukrainians have witnessed economic hardships, political upheaval, a nuclear reactor accident, gas shortages, and ..... miraculous church growth. People are hungry - emotionally and spiritually.
With recent changes in media regulations, media outlets are being forced to promote the local Ukrainian language over the equally popular Russian language. Ukrainian language channels are being given prime spots in the most popular cable packages. CNL intends to make the most of this opportunity by offering the first Ukrainian language Christian television channel.
Programs in Ukrainian language are few. Please join us and we can organize the translation and broadcast of your programs to this densely populated region.
The growth chart of CNL’s Cable Networks.
With digital technology, cable stations have been able to increase the number of channels in their packages. Since 1990 many cable channels have mushroomed in all the countries of the former USSR. No one knows the total number of stations that exist throughout this region, but we estimate there to be more than 1000 cable stations currently operating.
Since the start of our satellite broadcasts in 2002, we have actively sought out cable stations, to enter into agreements with them for the CNL channel to be included in their package. As of the end of 2005, more than 500 cable stations carry CNL.
We have established offices in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Germany and the USA, and will soon expand to include additional European nations.
Reports of some cable operators:
Here is the answer of a cable operator on the question ‘Why do you want to in clude CNL in cable network?’ “Now television is full of ‘thrillers’ and it would be nice to refine TV air, so to say, to start accustoming to good things...
Belebey, Bashkiria, Russia
We receive many phone calls not only from Christians but are from non-believers, who ask us to broadcast “channel for soul.” I think now I can satisfy their desire by broadcasting of your channel.
For one month CNLTV retransmitted on our cable network as a test to determine its popularity with our subscribers. This Channel provoked definite interest among our viewers and that is why we decided to continue to retransmit CNLTV.
Director of cable network “Briz”
Thank You! CNLTV retransmits on our cable networks, and we receive only positive responses from our subscribers.
CJSC NGO “Information Technologies”