Service continuity to the fore as TRACE acquires Sony UK music channels

In December 2018 it was announced that the leader in Afro-urban music and entertainment, TRACE, had acquired four UK-based music TV channels from Sony Pictures Television.

The channels, Chart Show TV, Chart Show Hits, Starz and The Vault, are available on the Sky platform, with The Vault also holding a place on Freesat.

As an existing partner of both Sony and TRACE, Arqiva was the natural migration partner to ensure the assets were seamlessly transferred to their new ownership with no disruption to viewers.

Services provided for TRACE include:

  • Content contribution
  • Multiplexing and
  • Satellite distribution (including UK spot beam)

“TRACE’s acquisition of these channels is a bold statement of their intentions in the UK market and we are privileged that they selected Arqiva as their migration partner. The winning combination of the quality of our services, our track record and flexibility meant we were able to deliver on our plan to ensure viewers noticed no change when the transition took place.

“We look forward to continuing to support TRACE with their development in the UK market and further afield should the opportunity arise.”

“With this strategic acquisition, we will bring together the best of TRACE and the best of the UK Afro Urban scene.

"Having four TRACE -owned channels in the UK is a great asset on which to build the future of TRACE music networks, just as TRACE channels are transitioning from simple linear TV feeds to hybrid platforms with strongly integrated broadcast, digital, mobile and social components.”

The TRACE music channels can be found on:

Chart Show TV – Sky 364

Chart Show Hits – Sky 366

The Vault – Sky 365 and Freesat 501

Starz – Sky 369

About TRACE:

TRACE is a global broadcast and digital media company specialized in afro urban music and entertainment. Through its 24 pay TV channels, radios, online and mobile services, TRACE connects with a 200 million multicultural audience in more than 160 countries. Launched in 2003 following the acquisition of the eponym print magazine, TRACE has become the leading media brand for lovers of afro urban culture in the world and especially in Sub Saharan Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.