Spanish satellite operator Hispasat and German service provider Media Broadcast Satellite have signed an agreement at IBC to provide 4K content distribution services in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Thanks to the agreement, the companies will launch a new platform combining the capacities of Media Broadcast Satellite’s teleport in Usingen (Germany) with the high output of the Hispasat satellites on the 30° West position.
The platform will incorporate a business model specifically dedicated to 4K content providers for which a flexible risk sharing has been developed in order to avoid the entry barriers of content providers in terms of distribution costs.
Commenting on the new platform, Christian Fleischhauer, Managing Direcor of Media Broadcast Satellite, said: “This cooperation provides the perfect opportunity for broadcasters to grow their audience and distribute their content in a superb 4K quality.”
Ignacio Sanchis, Business Director at Hispasat, added: “Hispasat has been committed to 4K for years in different initiatives with the aim of promoting this technology for which the satellite offers a differential value. This agreement with Media Broadcast Satellite will enable us to offer our customers high value-added solutions to accelerate the deployment of 4K services in Europe and make this advanced technology available to a larger number of viewers as soon as possible, enabling them to enjoy a better visual experience.”
[UPDATE] September 18, 2017, 12.00 CET The new platform will mainly be used to feed 4K signals to cable and IPTV head-ends, but distribution to DTH households is also an option, a Media Broadcast Satellite spokesman told Broadband TV News.