Global media solutions provider Globecast is expanding its partnership with leading satellite operator Eutelsat Communications to create a new HOTBIRD platform in order to satisfy the growing move from SD to HD in the market.
In addition to expanded HOTBIRD capacity, the platform also includes ground segment services with connectivity to Globecast’s fibre network, Globecast Backbone Network, as well as to its media management capabilities.
“We’ve seen increasing demand for capacity across Europe from west to east as the migration to HD on HOTBIRD continues to grow,” explained Globecast strategic projects director Samuel Lemercier.
“TRT Arabi and Belarus 24 partnering with us for HD distribution earlier this year are prime examples. In order to meet this increasing demand, we have launched this new platform with Eutelsat, significantly increasing our DVBS2 capacity – suitable for HD and Ultra HD for free-to-air DTH or distribution to affiliates - across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Using DVB-S2 allows us to be more efficient in the management of transponder capacity and therefore more cost-effective...Our relationship with Eutelsat is central to our channel distribution business and the operational model has long since been proven to provide the quality of service demanded by our customers.”
German international public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), a long standing Globecast client, is the first customer to take advantage of the partnership, launching its flagship English language HD TV channel via the new service. This includes end-to-end channel contribution from DW’s facilities in Berlin to Globecast in Paris and up-linking from there.
“We have worked with Globecast for quite some time and trust both their business and technical expertise and the quality of service they provide,” remarked Deutsche Welle head of distribution systems Hubert Czaja. “We moved to HD across Asia several years ago and the time is now right to make the move in Europe to increase image quality for our viewers. We’re very pleased to extend our relationship with both Eutelsat and Globecast.”