EchoStar Unveils ViP-TV

EchoStar and its subsidiary EchoStar FSS have unveiled ViP-TV, an IP-based service that will transport more than 300 channels of secure broadcast programming delivered via satellite to telco, private and rural cable operators, municipalities and master planned community video providers.EchoStar described ViP-TV as its turnkey solution for wholesale multichannel content transport and distribution. The offering promises customers affordable, scalable and aggregated MPEG-4 IP encapsulated audio and video programming channels from a high-powered Ku-Band satellite, the company said.

ViP-TV’s suite of channels includes ViP-Premier, which offers more than 100 channels of programming. There’s also ViP-HD, which has 40 channels of high-def programming, and ViP-Movies, delivering a menu of 40 movie services. The service also offers ViP-Latino, offering 30 Spanish-language programming services, and ViP-International, offering more than 30 programming channels in 10 different languages. The service will rival IP Prime from SES Americom.

“ViP-TV is one of the most comprehensive video IP transport and distribution platforms available in the marketplace,” said Michael Kelly, executive vice president of EchoStar Fixed Satellite Services. “More than just programming, it is a premier service buoyed by industry-leading technology, service and support.”

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