AIB Welcomes Global Distribution Services as Newest Member

25 January 2024

Innovative OTT provider’s membership benefits the AIB community

The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB), the industry consortium for global broadcasting, is delighted to announce the addition of Global Distribution Services (GDS) to its membership. GDS specialises in content aggregation, distribution and digital monetisation. It is renowned for its innovative approach to broadcasting and is the force behind FAST Freeview services including the multi-channel platform Channelbox on Freeview channel 271, a trailblazing brand in OTT distribution of international TV channels.

This new alliance represents a significant stride in the AIB’s ongoing efforts to embrace the evolving landscape of broadcast media. GDS’s expertise in OTT (over-the-top) technology and its successful implementation through FAST services on Freeview UK brings a fresh perspective to the AIB’s diverse and dynamic network.

Simon Spanswick, Chief Executive of the AIB, said about this partnership: “We are thrilled to welcome Global Distribution Services to the AIB family. Their remarkable work in OTT distribution is reshaping how international audiences access television content. This partnership aligns perfectly with our mission to foster innovation and excellence in global broadcasting. GDS’s entry into our network signifies a fusion of traditional broadcasting values with cutting-edge technology, setting new benchmarks for our industry.”

Tanya Kronfli (pictured), founder and Managing Director of GDS, said: “As a company at the forefront of innovative distribution services for national and international TV channels, belonging to and supporting key industry bodies is important for us. We are looking forward to working closely with the AIB and its members, helping to deliver innovative and cost-effective channel distribution, develop new audiences and new revenue streams for content owners.”

The pioneering approach in OTT distribution allows for a seamless and enriched viewing experience, offering a wide range of international TV channels across various genres on Freeview UK via Channelbox or directly via Freeview EPG. This integration with AIB underscores its commitment to embracing new technologies that enhance content accessibility and viewer engagement worldwide.

The partnership between AIB and GDS is a clear demonstration of the ever-growing need for collaboration and innovation in the rapidly evolving world of international broadcasting. It paves the way for further advancements and mutual growth, benefiting members and audiences alike.