SatLink launches Hot Bird DVB-S2 platform

SatLink Communications, a global teleport, content management and HD playout services provider, has confirmed the launch of a new DVB-S2 platform on Eutelsat’s Hot Bird satellite. In coordination with Sky Italia, an Italian digital satellite television platform, the cost effective service has been developed to meet the growing demand for HD content on a premium satellite to reach direct to home and the Cable, Satellite and Pay TV Markets and will provide the highest audience penetration across Europe.

Located at 13.0° degrees East, the new Hotbird DVB-S2 platform will support the delivery of HD channels to the European cable, satellite and pay-TV platforms and will provide international broadcasters with the ability to effectively distribute its HD and SD content, expanding both revenues and audience reach, to the region’s pay-TV and DTH markets. Currently 120 million homes across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa receive TV Channels broadcasted via Eutelsat’s Hot Bird satellites. Recently SatLink launched FTV HD and SD European feeds to the new Hotbird DVB-S2 platform.

David Hochner, CEO of SatLink Communications, said: “The launch of the new Hot Bird DVB-S2 platform is another step in our continued development of SatLink’s services and offerings as we look to address the needs of both broadcasters and Pay TV platforms. The continuing growth of the HD market is the future for broadcasting across the regions as broadcasters look to enrich the viewer’s experience. Combining our experience with the market and our geographical location at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Africa we are perfectly positioned to provision this satellite service for international broadcasters. For those broadcasters seeking longevity in the market, the provisioning and contribution of HD content is the most effective way to cement your position within the Pay TV market as audiences continue to demand HD content as the de facto standard of television viewing.”

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