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August 31, 2009

IGSM Launches Its First Television Channel and Network Affiliation

By Jai C.S., TMCnet Contributor

IGSM GROUP INC., a company focused on providing outsourced digital services to businesses of all sizes, reportedly announced the launch of its first television channel and network affiliation, as part of its move into digital television services.
"I am pleased to announce that we have obtained the exclusive operating agreement for the Panama City Television Station W40BU covering the designated market area  known as Panama City, which includes the cities of Panama City and Panama City Beach," said H. Francis Fytton, CEO at IGSM, said in a statement.
In addition, IGSM GROUP, INC. has also obtained a franchise agreement for FamilyNet Television, which will be the primary channel on this station when it completes its digital conversion in the coming months.
America's entertainment network FamilyNet Television has been providing appropriate television entertainment viewing choices for all ages. Its "made for families" programming mix is said to ensure good viewing for all ages. FamilyNet Television is available around-the-clock in more than 15 million households through Charter, Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, Time Warner, AT&T U-verse, Knology (News - Alert), Verizon FiOs, SkyAngel, and multiple independent carriers. 
"In a nutshell, FamilyNet Television provides the content and IGSM will share the advertising revenue as part of an operating agreement," Fytton said.
The digital television transition is the process in which analog television broadcasting is replaced by digital television. This type of technology also involves content providers like TV networks, and cable TV conversion to digital cable.
Back in June, IGSM announced its intention to operate its own digital television channels in selected US markets. Based in Florida, the company operates two divisions that provide Digital Services to business.
The U.S. is the first non-European nation to switch off analog signals. It ended its analog broadcasts at midnight on June 12.

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Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney