GlobeCast has signed a multi-year contract with newly launched global 24-hour TV network Arise News to support the delivery of programming across Africa and Europe.
Arise News aims to become a global media organisation that reflects the experiences of the African diaspora across all continents and will operate bureaux in New York, Lagos and Johannesburg. It has plans to roll out additional sites in Washington, DC, Dakar, Nairobi, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, New Delhi and Los Angeles.
The France Telecom/Orange subsidiary and media management and global content delivery firm will initially provide full HD playout, uplink, and satellite capacity for Arise News HD with uplink to one of its newly acquired fleet of Astra 2G transponders for delivery to UK viewers via the Sky platform.
It will then uplink the service to the HOT BIRD satellite for distribution to DTH and cable headends in Europe, and in 2014 work with the channel to facilitate its further expansion in Europe and to audiences in the US and Africa.
Commenting on its choices to ensure service delivery, Nduka Obaigbena, founder of Arise News, said: "For the launch of our HD service, we needed a service provider with global reach that will enable us to distribute to any platform, anywhere, as we continue to grow. We also wanted to work with a single supplier that could provide us with a complete solution rather than a simple service … With its unique ability to meet these requirements and world-class reputation for quality of service, GlobeCast is the ideal partner for Arise News."