Arqiva secures Channel 4 HD satellite distribution deal

Arqiva has secured a satellite distribution deal for Channel 4 HD. The new arrangement facilitates transmission of Channel 4 HD for the first time on Freesat (from April 2011) while maintaining the channel's presence on the Sky platform.

Arqiva will provide encoding, teleport services and satellite capacity to enable Channel 4 HD to be uplinked simultaneously to both platforms via one transponder. Arqiva has also installed the necessary compression equipment at Channel 4's Playout Centre and is providing the necessary Sky adaptation and Freesat EPG insertion.

Barrie Woolston, Commercial Sales Director at Arqiva Broadcast & Media, said: "Arqiva provides Channel 4 with all its multiplexing systems and its terrestrial broadcast transmitter network, and this agreement means we now also provide Channel 4 HD's satellite distribution. We launched our state-of-the-art DVB-S2 MPEG-4 platform on EB1 to meet the growing demands for high definition channel distribution. The exceptional efficiencies and superb UK coverage it offers makes this the ideal platform for a major national broadcaster like Channel 4."

Channel 4 HD was launched on Sky+ HD in 2007, Virgin Media in 2009, and Freeview in 2010.

DTG Staff  |  18.03.2011

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