MultTV, SES Form Multi-Year Capacity Agreement to Deliver TV Via IP
SES and MultTV now have a multi-year capacity agreement which will enable MultTV’s 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 Internet Service Providers, 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 will allow MultTV’s ISP customers to enhance the offer to their subscribers by adding TV content to their broadband services. All TV signals will be transmitted from a headend in the sky to all MultTV customers, reducing infrastructure costs. In addition, the partnership will streamline service availability, as subscribers will only need a new set top box.
In order to provide high-quality content to its customers, MultTV relies on NeoTV, a Brazilian association which brings together small and medium size Pay-TV operators and supports its associates by negotiating access to TV content for them. As one of NeoTV’s associates, MultTV benefits from the content packages negotiated by the association with content owners, which enables the company to bring content to its customers in a cost-efficient way.
SES has recently announced a new market-centric operating model, creating two highly customer-focused business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video consolidates all SES broadcasting, media and video service businesses; it continuously advances linear broadcast technology, while expanding its services and content delivery solutions to help customers capture new business opportunities in the evolving video value chain.
The agreement with MultTV demonstrates the agnostic approach of SES Video when it comes to distribution platforms, and its ability to deliver all types of video services and meet the diverse needs of its customers.
“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,” says Jurandir Pitsch, Vice President Sales Latin America and Caribbean of SES Video. “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,” says 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.”
“NeoTV will help MultTV bring the best television channels to its end-consumers as we reach over 2,000 cities in Brazil and have extensive experience negotiating content with programmers, producers and TV channels,” says Alex Jucius, Director General of NEOTV. “This project brings huge opportunities for small-sized Internet Service Providers in Brazil, as it allows them to expand the services offered to their subscribers.”