EBU selects RRsat for Asian connection

November 13, 2012 07.23 Europe/London By Robert Briel

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has selected RRsat to provide digital media content delivery services between Asia and Europe for the coming years.

Sports, news and special events, broadcast in both SD and HD, will be delivered through RRsat’s teleports for the EBU Network.

The EBU is an alliance of public service media organisations, with members in 56 countries in Europe and beyond. The EBU Network operates Eurovision, the media industry’s premier distributor and producer of entertainment, culture and music content as well as top quality live sport and news events such as the Eurovision Song Contest, the UEFA cup, national elections and other major European events.

RRsat will establish bi-directional fiber connectivity between RRsat’s teleport in Israel and EBU Network’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and will provide all broadcast services for EBU Network to and from Asia.

Furthermore, RRsat will be responsible for EBU Networks’ occasional use of satellite to satellite transmissions and traffic monitoring utilising EBU capacity on three different satellites.

“We are honored to have been selected by EBU Network as the main partner for their Asia-Europe digital media content management and distribution,” said Avi Cohen, CEO RRsat, in a statement.

“Over the past couple of years, we have invested in our infrastructure in order to provide broadcasting services for sports and other special events (OU services) and this selection is an important recognition of RRsat’s consistent high level of service. It positions RRsat among the leading OU service providers around the globe.”

Paolo Pusterla, head of procurement, EBU Network commented: “We have selected RRsat after carefully evaluating all their capabilities, including their teleport services, fiber network, master control room (MCR), engineering team and coordination/booking skills. Our recent visit to RRsat’s new state of the art teleport in Israel, established our confidence that we have a partner that can address our needs for the long term.”