NAB 2016: Encompass, Intelsat Deliver Programming to 64 Million North American Households
Encompass Digital Media has renewed and expanded its contract with Intelsat. The global technology-services company delivers end-to-end video solutions to broadcast and media companies, using Intelsat’s Galaxy satellite fleet and premier video neighborhoods to deliver high-quality SD and HD content to 64 million households across North America.
Under the multi-year agreement, Encompass will access satellite solutions spanning five Intelsat satellites: Galaxy 13 at 127˚ West, Galaxy14 at 125˚ West, Galaxy 17 at 91˚ West, Galaxy 19 at 97˚ West, and Galaxy 23 at 121˚ West. The five premier North America video neighborhoods distribute nearly 600 channels, approximately 250 in HD, and deliver top distribution services for:
- Premier Tier 1 cable programming
- Multicultural and specialty programming
- Full-time broadcast distribution and occasional-use contribution
- Premier regional and league sports programming.
By leveraging the Intelsat Galaxy fleet and the power of satellite, Encompass is able to reach the most U.S. cable subscribers, quickly, cost-effectively, and reliably.
“By partnering with Intelsat and utilizing its robust Galaxy fleet, we are strongly positioned to support existing and new SD programming, meet the demand for increased HD content, and introduce 4K/UHD to the broader North American market,” says Encompass CEO Chris Walters. “Intelsat’s powerful video neighborhoods will enable established programmers and those new to the market to consistently and cost-effectively distribute higher-quality content to more viewers and grow their businesses.”
Says Kurt Riegelman, SVP, sales and marketing, Intelsat, “Viewers are demanding diverse, premium, and more-regionalized content, and, by using Intelsat’s Globalized Network and leading video neighborhoods for sports and entertainment programming in North America, programmers are able to deliver it. Through our strong partnership with Encompass, together, we are able to deliver more high-quality programming to viewers, enabling Encompass to further differentiate itself in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”