MX1, an SES subsidiary and global solutions provider of media services and pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland have agreed a new service agreement extension, which will see the German broadcaster’s customers receive perfect audio and video signals under any conditions. In particular, the scope of MX1’s contingency service will be expanded to include Sky Deutschland’s over-the-top (OTT) signals as well as its main broadcasts.
The MX1 Broadcast Centre will simultaneously receive all essential data and video transmission material from Sky Deutschland’s main channels. In the unlikely event that a natural or other catastrophe impacts Sky Deutschland’s media centre, its broadcast or OTT signal will be rapidly restored via MX1’s Broadcasting Centre in Unterföhring, Germany. The agreement includes content management, playout, and uplink services for the main signal, as well as encoding and distribution for OTT delivery.
“Big players such as Sky need a reliable partner that can assure service continuity in case an unforeseen external catastrophe impacts their own infrastructure,” said Christoph Mühleib, managing director, Astra Deutschland, responsible for marketing and sales of Astra and MX1 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. “I’m proud to say that in such an event MX1 can guarantee to jump in and take over all contracted services on the same day.”