Spacecom, the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, and Encompass Digital Media have formed a joint new European TV distribution platform. The service will be distributed throughout EMEA over the AMOS-6 satellite’s Ku Pan-European beam from its 4°W prime orbital position.
The shared initiative will provide channels and other content providers with a comprehensive solution for all playout, uplink and European space segments, for a full range of media distribution services over the satellite. Spacecom has partnered with Satellite Mediaport Services, located in Rugby, UK, to provide uplink services for the platform.
Marco Tinnirello, Encompass managing director, EMEA, stated: “Our new joint TV distribution venture will ensure top of the line quality from both a content and communication standpoint. AMOS-6’s Ku Pan-European beam will enable us to bring new and exciting services to our European viewers and add more services to our channel, programmer and digital provider clients.”
According to Spacecom CEO and president David Pollack (pictured): “The addition of AMOS-6 to our fleet will expand the types of services and coverage we provide throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Together with Encompass, we will offer a complete solution meeting the needs of clients seeking a one-stop shop that will boost the types of available services for growing channels. Throughout all of the continent with a new Pan-European beam and with its HTS Ka-band spot beams, the satellite will take us into new markets and provide tremendous services to our clients.”
AMOS-6 is scheduled to launch during the third quarter of 2016.
The satellite’s 39 Ku-band segments and 24 Ka-band beams will provide a wide array of services. The new satellite will be larger than AMOS-2 and AMOS-3 combined and will incorporate new technologies such as High Throughput Ka-band spot beams for improved broadband internet access. The Ka-band spot beams will cover Europe and Africa as well as Ku-band technologies for new and existing clients. Its Ka-band beams have been selected by Facebook to be the satellite backbone of its initiative to bring broadband internet to Sub Sahara Africa with Eutelsat.