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BBC Studios renews distribution deal with MEASAT in partnership with Globecast

MEASAT Satellite Systems (MEASAT), in partnership with Globecast, has announced that BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the BBC, has renewed its agreement to distribute its BBC channels across Asia via the MEASAT-3 satellite.

“We are delighted to continue the partnership with Globecast, supporting BBC Studio’s channel distribution across Asia,” said Yau Chyong Lim, Chief Operating Officer, MEASAT. “This service extension with MEASAT and Globecast shows the strength of our 91.5°E video neighbourhood for broadcasters.”

The channels include BBC Earth HD, which inspires audiences by sharing the incredible wonders of the universe; CBeebies HD, which provides pre-school age programming to encourage learning through play; and BBC Lifestyle Asia, which provides a wealth of inspiration for home, family and life.

Globecast provides MEASAT satellite capacity, ground and uplink services to BBC Studios, carrying these channels to viewers across the Asian market.

Shakunt Malhotra, Managing Director, Globecast, said, “We have a longstanding, productive partnership with MEASAT in Asia, delivering channels across the region and we are pleased that BBC Studios has chosen to renew their services with us.”

“With MEASAT and Globecast, we have found strong and reliable partners for the distribution of BBC channels into Asia,” said Shad Hashmi, SVP, BBC Studios. “MEASAT and Globecast have addressed our business needs and we look forward to continue partnering with them in the years to come.”

MEASAT-3 is collocated with the MEASAT-3a and MEASAT-3b satellites at Asia’s prime video hot slot of 91.5°E. The three satellites form the region’s strongest video neighbourhood, providing UHD, HD and SD channels across Asia, Australia, East Africa and Eastern Europe. The MEASAT fleet will be further strengthened with the addition of MEASAT-3d in 2021.

Globecast partners with Eutelsat for launch of new HOTBIRD platform with Deutsche Welle HD as first customer

Globecast, a global solutions provider for media, is expanding its partnership with Eutelsat Communications to create a new HOTBIRD platform in order to satisfy the growing move from SD to HD in the market.

 

Samuel Lemercier, Strategic Projects Director, said, “We’ve seen increasing demand for capacity across Europe from west to east as the migration to HD on HOTBIRD continues to grow. TRT Arabi and Belarus 24 partnering with us for HD distribution earlier this year are prime examples. In order to meet this increasing demand, we have launched this new platform with Eutelsat, significantly increasing our DVBS2 capacity – suitable for HD and UHD for free-to-air DTH or distribution to affiliates – across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.”

 

In addition to expanded HOTBIRD capacity, the platform also includes ground segment services with connectivity to Globecast’s fibre network, Globecast Backbone Network, as well as to its media management capabilities.

 

German international public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) is the first customer to take advantage, launching its flagship English language HD TV channel via this new Globecast service. This includes end-to-end channel contribution from DW’s facilities in Berlin to Globecast in Paris and uplinking from there. Globecast has worked with DW for many years, distributing their channels in both Asia and the Middle East.

 

Hubert Czaja, Head of Distribution Systems, Deutsche Welle, said, “We have worked with Globecast for quite some time and trust both their business and technical expertise and the quality of service they provide. We moved to HD across Asia several years ago and the time is now right to make the move in Europe to increase image quality for our viewers. We’re very pleased to extend our relationship with both Eutelsat and Globecast.”

 

Aymeric Genty, Regional Vice-President for France and Overseas, Benelux, the United Kingdom, the Nordics and Israel for Eutelsat, said, “Our partnership with Globecast is very important as HOTBIRD continues to experience growth in the HD market, notably for free-to-air and internationally renowned channels benefiting from this neighbourhood‘s unrivalled reach in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. This new platform provides cost-effective HD – and UHD – distribution as channels look to increase viewer engagement and satisfy the ever-growing demand for HD.”

 

Lemercier said, “Our relationship with Eutelsat is central to our channel distribution business and the operational model has long since been proven to provide the quality of service demanded by our customers. Using DVB-S2 allows us to be more efficient in the management of transponder capacity and therefore more cost-effective. This means we can efficiently support the ongoing migration to HD and to offer more bandwidth as and when required. We’re seeing a great deal of activity across the satellite market as channels continue to migrate to HD.”

Cartoon Network partners with Globecast for pop-up channel technical services

Cartoon Network has extended its longstanding partnership with Globecast for the launch of two innovative pop-up kids channels.

Following discussions with Globecast earlier this year that explored the possibilities, Cartoon Network launched pop-up channels in Singapore with Singtel and in the Philippines with Cignal. In Singapore, the channel, called “Pop & Watch”, was available free on Singtel’s IPTV service, as well as its Singtel TV GO and Singtel CAST mobile apps from 12-21 June. Cartoon Network Classics was available as a pay-per-view channel on Cignal TV from 3 May to 2 June.

James Crossland, senior vice president of International Operations for Turner, a WarnerMedia company, said, “These pop-up channels were something new for us in Asia and we were really pleased with the results. We’re always looking to offer our broadcast partners innovative new platforms to showcase our content and it’s important to everyone that the technical services are seamless and hitch-free.”

Globecast augmented its existing media management, playout and content archiving agreement with WarnerMedia to provide technical services for the channels. WarnerMedia in London delivered content to Globecast’s ingest and playout system in Singapore. The content was then supplied as transmission-ready files and these were automatically ingested. Much of the content was already held in archive by Globecast and was restored to playout as required by the daily playlist, and any missing material was highlighted well in advance of playout. Distribution to the affiliates was handled using existing WarnerMedia satellite capacity.

Graphics were also added to the channels. Comprehensive testing was carried out before launch, including full trial runs, with Globecast providing complete pop-up channel monitoring, 24/7, while on air.

Shakunt Malhotra, VP of Operations, Globecast Asia, said, “This was an exciting project and we expect to see more of these requirements on a global basis. Cartoon Network leveraged our expertise to manage content and our optimised workflow, which was ideal for for quick launch and smooth operation. This project was an excellent way to maximise content use and therefore ROI, extending brand reach.”

Canal Algerie is now available on Arabsat-5C with Globecast-developed solutions for DTH over Africa

Canal Algerie is now available on Arabsat-5C, the leading Arabic satellite platform for Direct-To-Home services over Africa.

 

Canal Algerie is an Algerian French-speaking public television channel, owned by EPTV (Algerian Public Television), who also owns A3 (available on BADR-6), Terrestrial TV, Tamazight TV and Coran TV. Canal Algerie broadcasts its programs 24/7 via different platforms all over the world.

 

Globecast is expanding its longstanding relationship with Arabsat, providing the technical broadcast solutions needed to deliver Canal Algerie across Africa. Arabsat-5C at 20° East is designed to serve the African market, matching the specific technical requirements with the growing demand across the continent. Arabsat -5C has a huge footprint, equipped with an innovative, powerful C-band beam which covers 100 per cent of African satellite TV households and needs only the minimum required dish size to receive its channels.

 

This new broadcast of Canal Algérie is part of the commercial contract between Télédiffusion d’Algérie, the Algerian public TV and radio broadcasting operator and Globecast.

 

Giorgio Giacomini, MD of Globecast in the Middle East, said, “We have a longstanding and very successful relationship with Arabsat.  We are perfectly positioned to both launch new channels and expand the reach of existing channels, providing cost-effective end-to-end services to do so.”

 

“The launch of Canal Algerie on Arabsat-5C comes as part of our core mission to connect Arabic societies across the world; we provide African, Arab and Islamic communities with the largest possible choice of Free-To-Air TV channels in Africa,” says Khalid Balkheyour, Arabsat president & CEO. 

 

“Furthermore, the broadcasting of Canal Algerie via Arabsat-5C, highlights the continued successful Arabsat and Globecast partnership. This is expanding across additional territories beyond MENA, helping grow the reach of the existing Direct-to-Home portfolio of channels active on Arabsat-5C, and supporting the addition of more leading channels on Arabsat-5C in the very near future.”  

Globecast further strengthens contribution and distribution teams

Globecast, a global solutions provider for media, has further strengthened its distribution and contribution teams. Jack Braybrook has joined the content and distribution team as account manager, Distribution, and James Whittaker has joined the contribution team as business development manager OU Sports and Events. Both are based in the UK with their roles effectively immediately.

 

“Jack and James have the proper skillsets to help our customers make full use of both traditional opportunities as well as the shift toward IP, virtualisation and cloud services. Their experience will build upon our successful path of innovating and investing in new technologies to create customer-focused services,” said Juliet Walker, chief marketing officer, Globecast.

 

Braybrook will work with the distribution team to drive Globecast’s continued success in this evolving market, expanding its customer base and identifying new business opportunities. Before joining Globecast, he held the position of sales manager at Arqiva, where he maintained a strong client base and generated new business with customers in the sports federation, occasional use and live event markets.

 

Whittaker will work with the contribution team to drive new opportunities and continue to expand Globecast’s powerful market position. Whittaker recently held the post of OU sales manager at Arqiva, where he worked on business development in the OU satellite marketplace and delivered content for the site, ground or venue via satellite, fibre or IP.

 

Braybrook commented, “I’m fortunate to join a company like Globecast that’s a go-to provider for playout and distribution, most especially with our cloud-based playout solutions. To help our customers launch their channels and get their content on air quickly and easily is my number one goal.”

 

Whittaker said, “Working with Globecast across their sports and live events business is a fantastic opportunity, especially with the recent launch of Digital Media Hub, which really pushes the boundaries in publishing content across multiple platforms. I’m looking forward to liaising with our clients to make their content delivery simple and straightforward.”

 

Globecast partners with TechTV to launch HD lifestyle channel TechStorm

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, announced it has partnered with TechTV for the launch of HD channel TechStorm, a new digital lifestyle channel all about the coolest innovative inventions and stories of entrepreneurs who made them happen. The channel is launching across Asia and is initially available on a major pay-TV platform in Singapore.

Globecast is providing full playout services, including receiving the playlist and content to build the channel, preparing that content, with editing and compliance carried out if required. The channel is then uplinked by Globecast to MEASAT-3 for distribution.

TechStorm will be increasingly available on pay-TV platforms across Asia, via IPTV, cable, DTH (direct-to-home) and OTT pay-TV services. According to TechStorm, it “meets a rising and unmet market demand to throw the spotlight on stories of incredible inventions, gadgets and entrepreneurs with their new discoveries that truly inspire and thrill diverse markets.”

Debbie Lee, founder of TechStorm, said, “We explored the market very carefully in terms of media service suppliers. We are experts in creating and acquiring content and understanding the innate taste and preferences of the Asian audience. Globecast is vastly experienced and completely understands what we need. The Globecast team’s expertise and dedication to the task is admirable, providing a dynamic yet robust suite of services, all from a single supplier.”

Stephen Lee, head of Permanent Sales, Globecast Asia, commented, “TechStorm is an interesting concept and we’re very pleased to have been chosen as the technical partner for its launch and ongoing success. We are using a wide range of technologies and skills to bring the channel to market, working closely with their team to understand both their needs and the needs of operators across the region.”

Globecast launches Server Side Dynamic Ad Insertion at NAB Show 2019

New for NAB 2019, Globecast debuts Server Side Dynamic Ad Insertion (SSDAI), a ground-breaking, advertising insertion technology. SSDAI is changing the media landscape by dynamically detecting and substituting the broadcast ads with more personalised or targeted ads and is becoming the leading solution in premium over-the-top streaming video environments.

 

As part of a new partnership with SnifferCat® patented cloud-based technology, Globecast’s expanded offering allows media owners and their service providers the ability to automate and simplify their OTT migration by employing sophisticated automated cue point detection, ad insertion, channel scheduling and advanced data analytics.  The technology was designed to simplify and address market changes from consumer’s ever-evolving viewing habits. With no CAPEX infrastructure investments and virtually no learning curve for users, SSDAI is creating new revenue streams for content owners.

 

Also on show:

Platform and content protection with Business Continuity

Globecast’s Business Continuity services are comprised of disaster recovery, cyber threat protection and content protection. Globecast provides a range of disaster recovery solutions for channel playout and TV headends, from a simple loop of “evergreen” content, to a full mirror of the primary master control operation, keeping customer businesses running through all eventualities. Globecast creates bespoke packages for each customer, with either dedicated or shared solutions, on-premise or in the cloud.

 

With the increasing threat from both exposing content to the internet and also wider cyber-attacks, it’s critical today for broadcasters to both ensure hardware and site redundancy, plus content security. Cyber defense is integrated by design within the company’s Business Continuity service, with Globecast working with its sister company Orange Cyber Defense to provide solutions to help protect priority IT platforms (OTT, VOD and playout).

Globecast also provides content protection solutions: fingerprinting to identify and trace content; watermarking to identify the user and/or device; and encryption to protect content during transport. It can use the proven expertise of sister company Viaccess-Orca or Globecast can work with other content protection solutions if preferred.

Globecast announces Globecast Live to bring any event to any screen

Globecast, a global solutions provider for media, has announced the launch of Globecast Live: any event to any screen. This allows customers – both broadcast and B2B – to benefit from a fully integrated contribution and Digital Media Hub (DMH) content processing workflow.

Combining its years of live content acquisition expertise – from major sporting competitions to smaller-scale B2B events – with its DMH cross-platform suite of content publishing services, Globecast has created a turnkey live content solution from any event to any screen.

Globecast Live works for both the broadcast and B2B communication markets, allowing the capture and publishing of live content suitable for: intranets, extranets, social media, short- and long-form VOD, linear broadcast and OTT services in all their forms. Content can also be stored and made available for later use via Content Marketplace, which is part of DMH.

Globecast offers a range of cost-effective contribution solutions that can be quickly and easily deployed. From the innovative M’ICar (small vehicle) offering a hybrid of cellular bonding and Ka-band satellite connectivity through to a complete range of fibre and/or satellite connectivity solutions that can be tailored to any event.

Globecast Live handles any video format. Two-way communication with those in the field – live video and intercom – is also available, as well as file transfer.

Liz McParland, commercial director for Contribution and Global Coordination, Globecast, said, “We have taken more than 20 years’ experience in the live content acquisition market, working across sport, news and special events, to create a turnkey suite of live content gathering services that can be used in conjunction with Digital Media Hub. This means we can offer end-to-end live video solutions for any and every occasion, tailored to each customer’s requirements and available from a single supplier.”

Globecast launches cloud playout services at NAB 2018

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Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, is launching the first of its Cloud Playout services at this year’s NAB. Globecast has been developing and honing its cloud playout platform over the past year and is initially announcing a range of long-term and on-demand services. They were first publicly demonstrated at CABSAT 2018.

Sylvain Merle, COO, said, “Cloud playout brings a whole new level of flexibility, with very fast times to launch. We are offering multiple service levels, depending on the customer/channel segment and the duration of the contract. These also take into account the specific purpose of the playout, whether it’s for primary or for business continuity/disaster recovery (DR) purposes. We’re also seeing many of our customers ask us for short-term, or ‘pop-up’ services; playout channels for events (like a World Cup), and also for the aforementioned business continuity/DR. Cloud playout, of course, makes this possible.”

Globecast’s solution uses object storage, which provides the schedules and content from cloud-native storage platforms, a virtualised playout engine (as well as a virtualized graphics engine), stream handling for high availability broadcast delivery, compliance recording and origin server/CDN for global web/mobile consumption. With it, Globecast can launch services in a matter of minutes. All services use a combination of a private and public cloud.

Merle continued, “New types of services now make economic sense with this technology, as it’s a service-driven model and does not entail massive CAPEX or long start-up times; in fact, the complete opposite.”

Two, of a total of five, main, long-term service types are being launched initially, both for thematic channels. These will be followed by the other levels later in the year and more complex channels, including live 4K as we move into 2019.

At NAB 2018 Globecast is also launching its initial on-demand – or “pop-up” – offering, allowing its customers to take full advantage of the move to the cloud and the inherent OPEX rather than CAPEX model. Initial DR services will follow later this year.

“This approach provides the ultimate in flexibility. The number of channels can be dynamically increased or reduced and the channel branding versioned for particular audiences and events. New channels can also be tested, and new markets explored, and if they prove unsuccessful, there’s minimal financial penalty. This really is a paradigm shift. It’s also likely that when customers do come to look at 4K, rather than invest in technology themselves, cloud playout will allow them to test what they want to do and to launch services using an OPEX model,” Merle said.

For a demo at NAB, visit Globecast on stand SU11406CM.

 

Globecast NAB 2018 preview

Globecast is showing its new Cloud Channel Playout solution for SD, HD and 4K channels. This is a media management service that provides market-friendly solutions to customers. Cloud playout significantly enhances service deployment efficiency, reduces time-to-market, and allows broadcasters to reach new international markets with lower upfront investment. This approach provides the ultimate in flexibility. The number of channels can be dynamically increased or reduced and the channel branding mix reshuffled for particular audiences and events.  

 

The new Cloud Channel Playout service from Globecast also provides broadcasters with an opportunity to increase revenue from international markets by localization of advertisements, programming and channel branding at a country level, or even at a per-affiliate level, based on local consumer needs.

 

NAB show debut

 

Globecast liveSpotter

 

Globecast liveSpotter live-to-VOD packaged content service provides customers with the ability to create monetizable short-form content quickly and efficiently, via an end-to-end solution – from signal-to-screen – from a single supplier. Globecast liveSpotter, which is available globally, is a significant extension of the company’s highly evolved media management capabilities and reflects the rapidly changing way that we consume content. It allows unlimited short-form VOD content to be created from a live feed, very quickly – close to real time – and for that content to then be shared across OTT, VOD and of course social media platforms.

 

Globecast XN – Reach new audiences quickly using the public internet

 

Globecast will also be showing its fast set-up distribution solution over public internet technology, GCXN. With its worldwide footprint (with more than 50 sites), the company offers limitless video Internet delivery as a service solution. Customers can confidently entrust their main distribution, disaster recovery and monitoring services with broadcast-grade quality to GCXN. They can reach new audiences with secure and robust transport over the public internet for content distribution. Globecast is also providing an enhanced remote management system for end-to-end service management.

 

Also on show

 

Content Acquisition, Aggregation and Distribution (CAAD)

 

Globecast aggregates and distributes premium worldwide content for the international marketplace and caters to 15 foreign language communities. Over 100 TV channels are currently acquired, processed and delivered for broadcast as part of the line-up of several pay-TV platforms worldwide including: Verizon FiOS, Frontier Communications and Cox Hospitality. 

 

Platform and content protection with Business Continuity

 

With the increasing threat from exposing content to the internet, it is critical today for broadcasters to ensure content security. Globecast’s sophisticated Media Facility in Culver City, CA provides a range of disaster recovery solutions for tier-one programmers from a simple server with a loop of “evergreen” content, through cloud solutions to a full mirror of the primary master control operation, keeping customer businesses running through all eventualities. In addition, Globecast is working with its parent company Orange to provide cyber defense solutions to help protect priority IT platforms (OTT, VOD and playout).

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