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Arqiva expands HD offerings in Europe, Asia Pacific and the US

Tuesday, April 1, 2008  
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Arqiva has made significant inroads into the High Definition (HD) market with three recent announcements that expand the company’s offerings in Europe, the Asia Pacific and in the United States.

Voom HD Networks has contracted with Arqiva to provide fiber connectivity and uplinking of RUSH HD – VOOM’s 24/7 high-definition channel devoted to extreme sports and adrenaline action. The channel was launched onto BSkyB’s digital satellite platform, the UK’s most popular digital pay-television service.

SAT-GE, a subsidiary of General Electric, has turned to Arqiva to provide an Asia Pacific satellite-based HD video platform. The new HD platform will be uplinked from Arqiva’s Digital Media Center and teleport facilities in Los Angeles onto GE 23 at 172 degrees East, which is ideally positioned to provide a broad satellite footprint for coverage from the United States into key locations including Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia, The Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.

To support the needs of occasional-use broadcast customers, Arqiva is implementing a new HD Video platform to provide complete turn-around and MPEG-4 compression services. Arqiva’s Washington Teleport will take feeds in any format, uplinking to any of the company’s ten international teleports and including connectivity to Arqiva’s own global terrestrial fiber network. The combination of either MPEG-4 or MPEG-2 compression with DVB-S2 modulation will maximize bandwidth utilization. The platform will allow Standard Definition (SD) broadcasters to begin a progressive transition to HD satellite delivery.

Arqiva operates at the heart of the broadcast and mobile communications industry and is at the forefront of network solutions and services in an increasingly digital world. The company provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio and wireless communications in the UK and has a growing presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. Arqiva has its headquarters in Hampshire, with other major UK offices in London, Buckinghamshire and Yorkshire, as well as facilities in Washington DC and Los Angeles, California in the USA.



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