SatLink Communications Ltd., a leading teleport providing global satellite services, has today confirmed that the International Judo Federation (IJF) has selected SatLink as its global content distribution partner for all of the competitions under its jurisdiction, including the World Masters, Grand Slam and Team World Championships, throughout 2012 and beyond. The live video broadcast of the competitions, which will be distributed to Europe, Asia and Americas via the Eutelsat, AsiaSat and Intelsat satellites, and streaming over the Internet, will be utilising SatLinks Occasional Use (OU) capabilities to provide professional service with maximum flexibility and reliability for viewers in all of these regions around the world.
SatLink, who have provided global OU services for other major sporting events including: the FIFA World Cup, the London Olympics and Formula One, will turnaround the IJFs global satellite coverage in Ku-band and C-band on Eutelsat, AsiaSat and IntelSat satellites and deliver the content in both Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) formats to viewers around the globe.
SatLinks fully managed SD and HD playout services and specialised HD transmission capabilities of up to 12 simultaneous HD streams and 24 SD streams, including encoding, decoding, encrypting and multiplexing were central to the IJF selection of SatLink as its global provider.
S. Vlad Marinescu, Director of the IJF Presidential Office and responsible for TV rights and distribution, commented: SatLinks strategic location, state-of-the-art teleport facilities and extensive infrastructure provided the thorough global distribution that we required for the successful transmission of the international competitions. They not only have vast experience and knowledge in providing live transmissions of international sporting and news events, but also the capabilities to extend our global audience reach further than ever before and in formats that enhance the Judo experience to our viewers across the world.
David Hochner, CEO of SatLink, commented: We are thrilled to be providing the IJF with the services they require for the broadcast of the 2012 and beyond competitions, and it is another excellent example of the benefits our Occasional Use capabilities can offer content distributors, channels, sports federations and rights holders. Using our end-to-end distribution and transmission services, broadcasters and networks are able to deliver high quality content to audiences around the world. This makes our central location, which borders onto three continents, and our global network, a reliable and the most effective solution for all of our customers broadcasting needs and beyond. SatLink is happy to take part in the exponential development and growth of the IJF, which has been showing its professionalism over the past years."