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Encompass, Intelsat in 4K and HD deal

Encompass Digital Media, a global technology services company delivering end-to-end video solutions to broadcast and media companies, has expanded its use of satellite operator Intelsat’s powerful Galaxy fleet and premier video neighbourhoods to deliver high definition (HD) and 4K ultra high definition (4K UHD) content to 64 million households across North America.

Under the new, multi-year agreement, Encompass will further build upon its relationship with Intelsat and employ satellite solutions from Galaxy 13, located at 127˚W to host four of NASA TV’s HD channels as well as its 4K UHD distribution channel. Already hosting approximately 80 HD channels, Galaxy 13 is North America’s HD hot spot and is now building up a 4K UHD community.

“By leveraging the Intelsat Galaxy fleet and the power and versatility of satellite technology, Encompass is able to reach all of the US cable headends quickly, cost-effectively and reliably,” said Chris Walters, Encompass’ CEO. “Intelsat’s video neighbourhoods and advanced media community on Galaxy 13 will provide NASA TV with access to hundreds of millions of viewers and enable them to test the latest innovations in the marketplace. Our partnership with Intelsat will be instrumental in ensuring that we are strongly positioned to help our customers deliver the most consistent and immersive viewing experience securely across multiple platforms.”

“Intelsat’s Globalized Network and leading video neighbourhoods in North America are ideal platforms for programmers to cost efficiently expand their distribution network,” said Mark Rasmussen, Intelsat’s Vice President, Americas. “Intelsat and Encompass have a strong track record of working together to anticipate and meet viewers’ changing demands.  From Standard Definition to 4K UHD services, we look forward to working with Encompass to further differentiate their offerings and continue to provide reliable, secure and high quality content to customers.”

Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet is known for delivering top distribution services for premier Tier 1 cable programming, multicultural and specialty programming, full-time broadcast distribution and occasional use contribution and premier regional and league sports programming.

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