GlobeCast Australia to launch Australasia's first MPEG-4 service on Optus D2

Louise Duffy | 25-10-2012

Broadcast services provider GlobeCast Australia has announced a major upgrade that will allow it to deliver its customers the first high-quality MPEG-4 services on the Optus D2 DTH satellite platform.

GlobeCast Australia's chief executive Simon Farnsworth said: "We have invested in MPEG-4 to give our customers access to the latest world-class technologies to help them innovate and grow."

GlobeCast will start its new MPEG-4 service with its channel partner RTS SAT, the Australian arm of EURO World Network (EWN). EWN operates a DTH and IP service using GlobeCast Australia DTH distribution on Optus D2.

Farnsworth said MPEG-4 offers GlobeCast customers:

- Increased household penetration potential because of its higher-quality video delivery to large-screen flat-panel displays

- Higher-quality sound with an option for Dolby audio

- Greater bandwidth efficiency and value

GlobeCast Australia's enhancement of its Optus D2 DTH platform includes upgrading four carriers to state-of-the art Thompson Video Networks MPEG-4/MPEG-2 encoders.

The Optus D2 DTH platform covers Australia and New Zealand.

RTS SAT will be available in both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 until the end of the year.