Press releasesOctober 5, 2015
Brava, a Netherlands-based pan-European cultural television channel, today announced that is has acquired Flemish television channel Cultuur 7. The transaction includes all of Cultuur 7’s content and existing contracts with TV distributors.
With the acquisition of Cultuur 7, Brava – a subsidiary of Stingray Digital Group Inc. – is now positioned in Belgium as a provider of quality classical music content with particular attention given to local content. Brava’s acquisition of Cultuur 7 ensures the preservation of an important Flemish cultural heritage.
Cultuur 7 is available in Flanders and Brussels through Telenet and Proximus. The channel has established partnerships with several prestigious ensembles and organisations such as the Brussels Philharmonic, the Davidsfonds, deFilharmonie, deBuren, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, the National Opera of Belgium, and Cultuurnet Vlaanderen.
“Cultuur 7 founder Gabriël Fehervari has created a significant platform for Flemish classical music, comparable to what we’ve done in the Netherlands with Brava”, said Rob Overman, creative director of Stingray Europe. “Not only are all of Cultuur 7’s productions maintained for viewers in Flanders and Brussels, but now, thanks to the reach of our international channel Brava HD, these contents are also available to music lovers in twelve other European countries. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring first-rate Flemish classical music to a wider audience.”
Cultuur 7 was launched in 2006 as the only Flemish culture channel, initially under the name EXQI Culture. The name was changed to Cultuur 7 in October 2013. The channel broadcasts on Telenet channel 50 (Flanders) and channel 135 (Brussels), as well as on Proximus channel 110 (Music & Culture package). Cultuur 7 offers classical music concerts, operas, and other forms of cultural content in four-hour blocks, 24 hours a day. The channel’s mission is to provide accessible, high-quality cultural content, including top national and international productions, to new and established audiences. Cultuur 7 aims to secure partnerships with several players in the cultural milieu with whom to promote culture. For more information about the channel, please visit cultuur7.be.
24 hours a day, Brava broadcasts the finest operas, operettas, ballets, and concerts in Full Native HD and Dolby Digital Audio. All productions were recorded at the world’s most prestigious opera houses and theatres, including London’s Royal Opera House, Madrid’s Teatro Real, and Milan’s La Scala. Brava is available 24 hours a day, offering its viewers a front-row seat in top productions that feature the world’s greatest musicians and actors. Brava is available in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Turkey, Portugal, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Monaco, Lebanon and a number of African countries. For more information, please visit bravahd.com.
Stingray (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B) is a leading business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider operating on a global scale, reaching an estimated 135 million Pay-TV subscribers (or households) in 127 countries. Geared towards individuals and businesses alike, Stingray’s products include the following leading digital music and video services: Stingray Music, Stingray Concerts, Stingray Brava, Stingray Djazz, Stingray Music Videos, Stingray Lite TV, Stingray Ambiance and Stingray Karaoke. Stingray also offers various business solutions, including music and digital display-based solutions through its Stingray Business division. Stingray is headquartered in Montreal and currently has over 235 employees across the world, including in Toronto, Miami, London, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv. Stingray was recognized in 2013 and 2014 as a finalist in the Top 50 of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50TM list, and figures amongst PROFIT magazine’s fastest-growing Canadian companies. For more information, please visit www.stingray.com.