Fashion TV partners with SatLink Communications for global content management and distribution


FTV extends agreement with SatLink to develop customised solutions for 4K broadcasting, OTT and VOD services

Jerusalem, Israel – 4 February 2014: SatLink Communications, a global teleport, content management and HD playout services provider, has announced it has been extended its agreement with global channel, Fashion TV (FTV), for the global playout, content management and distribution of its HD and SD channels. As a part of the agreement, SatLink will distribute FTV’s content via satellite to Asia on AsiaSat3S, America on IS805 C-Band platform and to Europe on the new Hotbird DVB-S2 platform, which provides cost effective HD contribution to the Cable, Satellite and Pay TV Markets in the region.

The extension of SatLink and FTV’s relationship comes following the successful implementation of FTV’s HD Asian feed by providing playout and uplinking of FTV’s content to the AsiaSat-5 satellite located at 100.5° East to reach out to Asia’s Pay TV platforms across the continent including India, China and Indonesia in July 2013.

SatLink will be providing FTV with full HD and SD Playout services from its centre in Tel Aviv, Israel. For FTV’s HD feed to America, SatLink will be providing space and uplinking to IS805 C-band platform, which is located at 55.5° West and covers both North and South America. The IS805 satellite will enable FTV to extend its reach into the American market and is widely used for contribution to the Pay TV market, including DTH, cable and IPTV services. SatLink will be providing a second Asian feed to FTV with SD playout and uplinking to the Asiasat3S satellite at 105.5° East.

Across Europe, FTV will be utilising SatLink’s new Hotbird DVB-S2 platform to support the contribution of HD channels to the European cable, satellite and Pay TV platforms. The new DVB-S2 platform offers powerful wide beam coverage to Europe enabling a cost-effective solution for video contribution to the region and providing the highest audience penetration across Europe.

SatLink will also be provided FTV with content delivery to the Israeli local Pay-TV’s YES and HOT via a Fibre link. All services will be encrypted via a Viaccess system and SatLink is providing full technical support to FTV customers to ensure a smooth transition of the services.

Working together to provide FTV’s viewers with the latest interactive solutions to cater for their dynamic viewing habits, SatLink is also developing customised services for the seamless operations of FTV’s 4k broadcasting services and OTT and VOD solutions.

“As visionaries in the broadcasting market, I am constantly looking for new ways to extend our audience reach through innovative and reliable solutions. As our audience continues to grow and demand higher quality content across different platforms we needed to find a technical partner that was not only able to meet our requirements but work alongside us to develop creative new solutions to help us engage with our viewers” said Michel Adam, President and Founder of FTV. “We selected SatLink as our global partner because, following our highly successful engagement with them on the playout of our HD content on AsiaSat5 last year, we knew them to be reliable and offer a high quality service. We knew we had to change our satellite distribution partner and SatLink is the perfect match for FTV as we share the same creative ethos and strive to further enhance the viewing experience for audiences across the globe. Fashiontv was also motivated to consolidate its operations with SatLink, as we both share the vision to develop 4K broadcasting. Since January 2014, Fashiontv has switched all its productions to 4K, and is launching its VOD and Linear 4K channels by May to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival.”

David Hochner, CEO of SatLink Communications, said: “This is an exciting partnership and we are honoured that Fashion TV have chosen us as their global distribution partner. Having worked together since last year we know that we are able to successfully co-operate with one another to deliver a robust and reliable service that meets FTV’s requirements. As FTV’s audience continues to grow and they develop more innovative services for their viewers, SatLink will be alongside them to support this growth and ensure that we provide the advanced technical solutions that are required to make their vision a reality.”

FTV broadcast frequencies:

HD+SD feeds to Europe & the Middle East:
On Hotbird @ 13.0° East
Transponder: 117
Downlink freq: 10853.44MHz
Downlink polarity: Horizontal
Symbol rate: 29.9Ms
FEC: 2/3
Modulation: DVBS2, 8PSK

HD feed to the Americas:
On Intelsat 805 @ 55.5°W
Transponder: 11
Frequency: 3715.25 MHz
Polarity: Vertical
Symbol rate: 3.59Ms
FEC: 2/3
Modulation: DVB-S2 8PSK

SD feed to Asia:
On AsiaSat 3S @ 105.5° East
Transponder: 3V
Frequency: 3745
Polarity: Vertical
Symbol rate: 2.626Ms
FEC: 3/4
Modulation: DVB-S QPSK

HD feed to Asia:
On AsiaSat5 @ 100.5° East
Transponder: C5H
Frequency: 3794
Polarity: Horizontal
Symbol rate: 4.64Ms
FEC: 3/5
Modulation: DVB-S2 8PSK

About SatLink Communications:  
SatLink delivers your content to every corner of the world. Recognised as a pioneer in global satellite communications services, SatLink is among the world’s 11 top independent teleports and a leading provider of transmission solutions for Global Content Distribution over Satellite Platforms, Fibre and IP. SatLink’s services include Uplink, Downlink and Turn Around in SD, HD & 3D, HD Playout Centre, Production, SNG & Fly Away, Hub Hosting, indirect VNO hosting, Video Monitoring, IPTV and TT&C. Strategically located in the heart of the Middle East, SatLink provides access to a worldwide network covering five continents and has been providing its clients with flexible and cost-effective transmission solutions for more than two decades. SatLink operates a range of premier MCPC platforms including Hot Bird, Asia Sat 5, AMOS-5, and more.

About Fashion TV  
Founded by its president, Mr. Michel Adam, Fashion TV is the biggest fashion medium in the world. As the only global 24/7 TV station focused exclusively on fashion, beauty, trends and style, FTV broadcasts the latest news & information to over 440 million households and 7 million public places worldwide. Fashion TV is more than a channel, it is a lifestyle. The community of FTV viewers is considered the most luxurious, glamorous and fashion-oriented target group among all media consumers, who not only love to watch the fashionable lifestyle on TV, but they also enjoy LIVING IT. As a result, Fashion TV branded products, locations (F Clubs, F Bars, F Hotels etc.) and high-profile events are increasingly popular and sought-after by millions of fans around the world

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