SES Tapped for IP Video in Brazil

Satellite operator SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) and MultTV announced a multi-year capacity agreement intended to enable MultTV's Internet ...

SES launches UltraHD in Latin America
SES launches UltraHD in Latin America

Satellite operator SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) and MultTV announced a multi-year capacity agreement intended to enable MultTV's Internet service provider (ISP) customers to deliver TV content to their Internet subscribers via IP. MultTV, a Brazilian communications company that specializes in providing video services to smaller regional ISPs, will use C-band capacity on SES-6 to transmit a mix of approximately 60 SD and HD channels to its ISP customers, who will in turn distribute the content to their subscribers.

The partnership is intended to allow MultTV's ISP customers to offer TV content in addition to their broadband services. All TV signals will be transmitted from a headend in the sky to all MultTV customers. Subscribers will only need a new set top box.

MultTV works with NeoTV, a Brazilian association that brings together small and medium size pay TV operators and supports its associates by negotiating access to TV content for them.

"This contract is unique and very important for the Brazilian market, as it will provide a headend in the sky that will bring a video package to MultiTV's customers in the entire country, including remote areas," said Jurandir Pitsch, SES Video's vice president of sales for Latin America and the Caribbean. "With this project, MultTV will be able to provide a broader service to its customers by offering new entertainment and connectivity packages."

"We expect that within a year, 150 of our ISP customers will be use SES-6 to transmit pay TV content to their subscribers," said Osmir Petrini, associate director at MultTV. "We are very pleased to have SES as a partner, as we can count on its reliable satellite infrastructure and expertise to offer the best services to our customers in Brazil."

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