Echostar renews Arqiva contribution deal
By Julian Clover
Published: October 26, 2010 11.27 Europe/London

EchoStar has renewed a contract with Arqiva to supply the downlink and distribution of more than 30 channels broadcasting from Europe and Asia into the United States.

“The EchoStar renewal demonstrates the confidence it has in Arqiva’s seamless global delivery. By utilising our extensive fibre and teleport infrastructure in Europe, we are able to reliably deliver a portion of EchoStar’s international programming fare to its US locations,” said Jon Kirchner, EVP, Arqiva Broadcast & Media, from the company’s Washington, DC offices and teleport.

The EchoStar contribution deal includes full-time downlinks of the 30-plus channels as well as operation of a multiplex system at Arqiva’s Chalfont (UK) Teleport. The signal is then sent by fibre to EchoStar’s teleports in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Gilbert, Arizona. In addition, Asia-region downlinks are delivered directly to Cheyenne via Arqiva’s fibre network in the US.