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Encompass Digital Media completes acquisition of Ascent Media’s content distribution business

March 15, 2011

Encompass Digital Media, a digital media services provider, has announced the completion of the purchase of Ascent Media Corporation’s global content distribution business. This transaction includes broadcast facilities in the US (including the New York metro area, Minnesota and Burbank), London and Singapore. Encompass enhances its presence in the global marketplace serving major television networks, cable channels, media companies, corporations and government entities.

“We have strived to become the leading global service provider for outsourced services; this acquisition is the catalyst to accomplish that goal,” said Simon Bax, Chief Executive Officer of Encompass. “These additional resources allow us to continue to offer our core content aggregation and distribution services on a worldwide basis for existing and future clients.”

With major operations located strategically in the US, UK and Asia, Encompass offers unparalleled geographic diversity for its services that include network origination; centralcasting for TV stations; disaster recovery; satellite and fiber transmissions (full time and occasional use); satellite uplink truck fleet; and digital media manipulation, archive and distribution services.

“Our broad portfolio of facilities and our expertise enable our clients to cost-effectively capture, manipulate and deliver content in any format to any platform worldwide,” said Bill Tillson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Encompass. “Through this acquisition, we deepen our commitment to providing our clients with the highest level of customer care, seamless service delivery and high-quality performance on a global basis.”

Encompass’ diverse client base includes A&E Networks/Lifetime, Sony, NBCU, CBS, Disney/ABC, BBC Worldwide, U.S. Department of Defense, MTV, ESPN, NHL, Discovery Networks, DIRECTV Sports Networks, NFL Network, YES Network, Scripps, Hallmark, Channel Five and TV Guide.

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