SISLink and Intelsat Enter U.S. Alliance to Launch HD-Ready Service for SNG Operators
Pembroke, Bermuda and London, United Kingdom, 25 February 2008
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of commercial satellite services, and SISLink, the leading provider of satellite uplink services in Europe, today jointly announced that they have formed a strategic alliance to launch an HD-ready automated video delivery service for satellite newsgathering (SNG) users in the United States.
The strategic alliance will offer Intelsat ® uPod TM, a fully integrated broadcasting solution that will allow U.S. SNG operators to execute real-time broadcasting services more efficiently. The new service will blend Intelsat’s space and ground infrastructure with SISLink’s uPod TM system to support web-based scheduling and transmission of live standard and high definition video, as well as voice and Internet communications, between wherever news or sports events are unfolding throughout the continental United States.
SISLink’s award-winning automated SNG uplink system, uPod, has proven to be the uplink of choice for European broadcasters due to its simplicity, HD compatibility and its reliability. Removing the need for a skilled uplink engineer, uPod allows broadcasters to have a true one-person SNG operation, with increased flexibility yet returning significant cost savings. As part of this agreement, SISLink developed a new, smaller version of the uPod, the uPod Micro, which is small enough to be mounted onto any vehicle.
The new service is scheduled to be launched in April 2008, initially targeting customers who lease full-time space segment capacity for SNG applications. A version of the service targeting occasional-use customers is planned for launch later in 2008.
“In Intelsat, SISLink has found a partner with a strong business base in the U.S. and a shared focus on exceeding its customers’ requirements. Our revolutionary, client-empowering approach to the uplink process combined with Intelsat’s reach and flexibility, has made SISLink’s most ambitious plan a reality,” said David Meynell, SISLink Managing Director. “Together, we are changing the way the world gathers and delivers news content.”
“Our highly coveted North American Galaxy fleet is unrivaled in the industry, providing the sought-after access news organizations require to meet their broadcasting needs,” said Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “By combining our industry-leading strengths, SISLink and Intelsat can now offer the most unique solution for content delivery currently available in the SNG market.”
Intelsat ® is registered by Intelsat, Ltd. and uPodTM is trademarked by SISLink.