Globecast launches first CIS HD channel on HOTBIRD | Satellite | News | Rapid TV News
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The National State TV and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus has revealed that it selected global media solutions provider Globecast to launch the HD variant of its international satellite channel Belarus 24.
Globecast belarus24 9Jan2019
Belarus 24 is a Russian-language channel that offers a mix of political, social and cultural content, selected from the broadcaster’s national output. The channel is building upon its decade-long relationship with Globecast with the launch of the free-to-air channel on Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD. The HD version was made available on 1 December 2018, with the SD variant continuing to be carried by Eutelsat until 1 January 2019.

The launch of the HD variant on HOTBIRD also marks the first launch of an HD channel from a CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) country.

Globecast was selected to provide a back-up/redundant link from Belarus 24 Moscow facility to Globecast’s hub in Paris via its GCXN solution. GCXN provides technical management of the transport of broadcast services over the public Internet. GCXN can be used for primary and secondary distribution with broadcast-grade quality. It comes as a standalone service or as a complementary solution to satellite services.

“We have a high trust relationship with Globecast, much like they do with Eutelsat. Given the success and reach of Belarus 24 in SD since 2005, we felt it was time for us to deliver this important content in HD so that we can bring a significantly enhanced viewing experience to our customers,” said Aleksandr Martynenko, general director at Belarus 24. “We are very happy with our choice of Globecast and Eutelsat as the project has gone exceptionally smoothly.”