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yes
YesLogo.svg
Type Satellite television provider
Country Flag of Israel.svg Israel
Availability Throughout Israel
Slogan Larger Than Life Cinematic Experience
(free translation)
Owner Public (49% Bezeq)
Key people Ron Ayalon (CEO)
Launch date July, 2000
Official Website http://www.yes.co.il/ (video site)
http://service.yes.co.il/ (service site)(Hebrew)

Yes (styled as yes), and 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.

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.

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. Currently there are 8 channels: yes movies HD, yes stars Drama HD, yes stars Action HD, yes stars Next HD, National Geographic Channel HD, MGM HD, Sport 5 HD and Eurosport HD, but it will grow with time to additional channels.

Receiving the broadcastings in HD is available only with yes' new set-top box - 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) - which can record two shows simultaneously, also in High Definition.

Technical problems (fall 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]

Channels list

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Israeli terrestrial channels

Movies

  • Yes 1 (Drama, romance and romantic comedies)
  • Yes 2 (Sci-fi, horror and thrillers)
  • Yes 3 (foreign and independent films)
  • Yes 4 (Action and adventure)
  • Yes 5 (Kids and family)
  • Yes Movies HD
  • MGM Channel
  • MGM HD
  • TCM
  • Yesababa (Children and teenage films)

TV Shows

Sports

Kids Programing

Music

Foreign language channels

Arabic

Russian

German

French

Italian

See also

  • Ad for yesHD at YouTube (requires Adobe Flash) -released late 2007 to advertise their new HD service, this commercial was selected as one of TBS's Funniest Commercials of 2008
  • 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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