Arqiva has announced a five-year contract renewal to provide international distribution services for ABS-CBN International, the largest Filipino multimedia company in the US. The multi-continent deal involves delivering ABS-CBN’s eight-channel bouquet to DTH platforms in Europe and their North American programming to US DTH operator DirecTV.
“We have been transmitting ABS-CBN’s European bouquet since 2005 and their DirecTV bouquet since 2006. With this new contract, ABS-CBN continues to entrust us to seamlessly deliver their content into two major international markets,” said Jon Kirchner, EVP, Arqiva Broadcast & Media, in a statement. “With our global infrastructure, Arqiva is able to distribute content onto any platform, anywhere in the world, simplifying the distribution solution for ABS-CBN and other international broadcasters.”
The ABS-CBN feeds are delivered to Arqiva’s Los Angeles Teleport as single multiplexed, encoded streams. The European feed is sent via Arqiva’s dedicated fibre network to the London Teleport and uplinked onto Arqiva’s AB-3 European DTH capacity.
The North American programming is sent via Arqiva’s dedicated fibre link directly to DirecTV’s Los Angeles Broadcast Center.
“ABS-CBN’s mission is to reach and serve Filipinos worldwide. This requires the formation of an international distribution with a very extensive and complex network, one that integrates services from a lot of suppliers. We renewed our contract with Arqiva for our European and Middle East distribution due to the proven scope and strength of their infrastructure in this part of the world,” said ABS-CBN Global Ltd COO Raffy Lopez.