Eutelsat/Globecast launch new platform
March 7, 2018 09.24 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul
Eutelsat and Globecast have entered into a partnership to launch a new media platform over the Americas.
The platform will allow broadcasters to gain access to Globecast’s advanced media management solution designed for both linear television distribution and new media technologies, including streaming, local ad insertion, IoT services, HEVC encoding and regionalisation services. This distinctive capability will be provided from Globecast’s Culver City, CA teleport to Eutelsat’s Eutelsat 117 West A satellite at 117 degrees West, a prime video neighbourhood serving the Americas.
A unique feature of the platform will be the ability to provide fleet protection and redundancy via the Eutelsat 113 West A satellite. Located four degrees away with the same transponder plan and polarisation, and combined with Eutelsat’s dual-feed CATV upgrade programme for cable operators throughout the Americas, this two-satellite solution will offer enhanced protection and restoration capabilities for programmers.
Commenting on the new platform, Mike Antonovich, CEO of Eutelsat Americas, said: “Eutelsat’s ambition is to craft unique and differentiated satellite service solutions, in concert with the industry’s best ground segment partners.
“Our goal with Globecast is to build a new media distribution ecosystem that combines exceptional market coverage with advanced live linear TV services in SD, HD and UHD formats, IP streaming and file-based television distribution capabilities to meet both today’s needs and anticipate tomorrow’s opportunities. By combining best-of-breed technologies, the exceptional quality and coverage of Eutelsat’s satellites, and the local market knowledge and technical expertise of partners like Globecast, we can build a rich platform of integrated, customised services to serve media companies everywhere over the Americas”.
Eddie Ferraro, MD of Globecast in Americas, added: “Eutelsat is a perfect partner for Globecast in expanding our service offerings to media customers throughout the Americas. Our managed service capabilities, Eutelsat’s entrepreneurial spirit and our combined ability to attract blue chip customers will ensure the next generation of growth in the media space in this ever-changing technology environment. We embrace working with content owners who have a view to the future.”