Eutelsat, Globecast to launch Americas media platform

Eutelsat Communications and Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, are partnering on a new media platform over the Americas.

The new platform launched by both companies will allow broadcasters across the Americas to gain access to Globecast’s advanced media management solution designed for both linear television distribution and new media technologies, including streaming, local ad insertion, IoT services, HEVC encoding and regionalization services. This distinctive capability will be provided from Globecast’s Culver City, CA teleport to Eutelsat’s EUTELSAT 117 West A satellite at 117° West, a prime mid-arc video neighbourhood serving the Americas from Alaska to Argentina.

A unique feature of the platform will be the ability to provide fleet protection and redundancy via the EUTELSAT 113 West A satellite. Located just four degrees away with the same transponder plan and polarisation, and combined with Eutelsat’s dual-feed CATV upgrade programme for cable operators throughout the Americas, this two-satellite solution will offer enhanced protection and restoration capabilities for programmers.

“Eutelsat’s ambition is to craft unique and differentiated satellite service solutions, in concert with the industry’s best ground segment partners,” stated Mike Antonovich, CEO of Eutelsat Americas. “Our goal with Globecast is to build a new media distribution ecosystem that combines exceptional market coverage with advanced live linear TV services in SD, HD and UHD formats, IP streaming and file-based television distribution capabilities to meet both today’s needs and anticipate tomorrow’s opportunities. By combining best-of-breed technologies, the exceptional quality and coverage of Eutelsat’s satellites, and the local market knowledge and technical expertise of partners like Globecast, we can build a rich platform of integrated, customized services to serve media companies everywhere over the Americas”.

Eddie Ferraro, Managing Director of Globecast in Americas stated, “Eutelsat is a perfect partner for Globecast in expanding our service offerings to media customers throughout the Americas. Our managed service capabilities, Eutelsat’s entrepreneurial spirit and our combined ability to attract blue chip customers will ensure the next generation of growth in the media space in this ever-changing technology environment. We embrace working with content owners who have a view to the future.”

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