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Box Plus Network and Globecast ink new deal

The Box Plus Network and Globecast have signed a new deal which will see its six music channels, plus 4Music optimise transponder use on satellite.

The deal sees entertainment channel 4Music plus music channels The Box, Box Upfront, Box Hits, Kiss, Magic and Kerrang! take up capacity on Astra 2G and utilising new encoders to optimise their satellite TV distribution.

For regular Sky TV subscribers in the UK and Ireland, the change takes place behind-the-scenes, and will not impact their reception. The channels are no longer broadcast on Freesat. Ahead of the arrangement coming into force, 4Music moved from Channel 4's own satellite transponder to join the music channels of The Box Plus Network. The configuration is understood to have been first tested back in February 2018.

Under the deal, Globecast takes the feeds from the playout centre over fibre to Brookman’s Park to be uplinked to Astra 2G.

Juliet Bayliss, Sales Director, Globecast, said, 
“Broadcasters are always looking at maximum distribution quality for minimum cost and we very much understand how to achieve this, especially in a market that is constantly evolving. When discussing this with Box Plus, we highlighted the bandwidth efficiencies that using the latest encoding technology we deploy would create. We clearly showed that we could provide great quality while reducing bandwidth, thereby lowering costs. We are very pleased they recognized our technological prowess and business awareness.”

Anthony Lilleyman, COO of The Box Plus Network, said, 
“Globecast understood what we needed to accomplish and clearly demonstrated that we could achieve great quality while also increasing distribution efficiency. They have been a pleasure to work with and we look forward to a long and collaborative relationship.”