Yes (Israel)


Yes (Israel)
yes
Type Satellite television provider
Country Israel
Availability Throughout Israel
Slogan Larger Than Life Cinematic Experience
(free translation)
Owner Public (49% Bezeq)
Key people Ron Ayalon (CEO)
Launch date 28 July, 2000
Official website http://www.yes.co.il/ (official site)
http://yes.walla.co.il/ (video and multimedia site) (Hebrew)

yes, formally incorporated as D.B.S. Satellite Services (1998) Ltd, was founded in 1998, and is the sole satellite television provider (DBS) in Israel. It began broadcasting in July 2000 under the trademark "yes". The largest shareholder of the provider is the Bezeq corporation holding up to 49% of its shares. The creation of yes broke the cable monopoly in Israel which had lasted more than a decade and ushered in digital broadcasting technology to the country[citation needed].

The early years of the company were unstable due to technical and financial difficulties. Even though the three cable companies in Israel - Matav, Tevel, and Arutzei Zahav wanted to compete with the satellite company by slashing prices, the subscriber base grew due to the unique and new services that Yes offered, as well as the lack of cable coverage in many rural areas. The threat of this national company allowed the three cable companies to merge into one company under the name HOT, a union the government monopoly regulator had prevented until then.[citation needed]

Nowadays, yes provides television services to more than half a million customers using two Israeli satellites – AMOS-2 and AMOS-3. The company broadcasts more than 200 different television stations from around the world along with exclusive Israeli channels. In 2004, yes started offering its customers the first DVR (Digital video recorder) in Israel, called yesMax (similar in function to the Tivo).

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High definition

On December 23, 2007, yes began broadcasting in High Definition. The Broadcasting format is Widescreen 16:9 with resolution of 1080i50. The broadcasting system is DVB-S2 and H.264. There is also support for content in 720p. On some of the content there is also 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. As of April 13, 2011, yes has 18 HD channels (one of them is also in 3D). Receiving the broadcastings in HD is available only with yes' HD set-top boxes - ADB 7820S - which has multiple digital and analog outputs - including HDMI (1.3a) and S/PDIF - coaxial and optical.

On April 22, 2009, yes released the HD-DVR set-top box - yesMaxHD (ADB 7820SX/7720SX) - which can record two shows simultaneously, also in High Definition. On beginning of May 2010, yes started to provide Russian language audio track for HD movie channels.

Technical problems (autumn 2007)

In September and October 2007 satellite television channels in Israel were plagued with signal disruptions, with the north of the country particularly badly affected. Eventually the Ministry of Defense intervened, and with the help of the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli Sea Corps, discovered that the problems had been caused by the radar systems of Dutch UNIFIL ships patrolling off the coast of Lebanon.[1]

In order to compensate its clientele for the disturbances they've experienced, yes offered their pay-per-view "DVDbox" channels free to all its clients for 2 weeks in October (although it eventually extended beyond that). Later, in an effort to win over the many clients that still seemed to be displeased, yes offered all of its premium channels free for a period of 3 months.[2]

Channel line-up

See also

  • Ad for yesHD on YouTube - released late 2007 to advertise their new HD service.
  • yes stars - exclusive yes channels which air American, British and Israeli television shows. One of them is in the basic tier, as (per a special agreement enforced by the Israeli government) it is really Hot's Channel 3 with some exclusive added shows. The others can be purchased À la carte or through different "mini pay" packages of other channels.
  • Hot (Israel) - the competing cable television provider

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