Arqiva Infrastructure Enables Live Global Distribution

The Sports Video Group is pleased to welcome Arqiva as a corporate sponsor. The communications-infrastructure and media-services company operates at the heart of the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets.

Arqiva is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world. It provides much of the infrastructure supporting television, radio, satellite, and wireless communications in the UK and has a significant presence in Ireland, mainland Europe, and the U.S.

Earlier this year, Arqiva distributed the live 3DTV broadcast of the 2011 French Tennis Open to 650 retail stores in the UK and Ireland. Working on behalf of Panasonic and Freesat, the company provided teleport, multiplexing, and distribution services to downlink the live 3D feed from Eurosport and turned it around onto Freesat’s satellite capacity, giving a number of stores access to the live feed.

This year marked Arqiva’s second season of providing co-located HD playout and distribution of Barclays Premier League football for ESPN. The solution deploys a dedicated HD Playout Center built for the international sports broadcaster at Arqiva’s Chalfont Grove Teleport.

The company also provided live global distribution of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series, Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and the ATP World Tour 500 series.

Additional customers include major broadcasters, such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB, and the independent radio groups; major telco providers, including the UK’s five mobile-network operators; and the emergency services.

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