Intelsat Inks First IPTV-Delivery Customer

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Content Services Inc. is the first customer for Intelsat Ltd.’s new “Ampiage” satellite-delivered video-distribution system.

A provider of ready-made voice, video and data service-distribution packages for communications-service providers, CSI will use the Ampiage system to deliver video to retail providers in the multidwelling unit, hospitality, municipality, university and master-planned-community markets. It plans to focus on operators that want to deliver advanced MPEG-4 video and other IPTV players.

It’s the first big distribution deal for Ampiage since its April debut. Ampiage is based on the superheadend concept for video distribution, offering operators a way to upgrade from standard MPEG-2 video delivery to IP-centric MPEG-4 systems.

Based in Intelsat’s video-operations center, the Ampiage system can take incoming MPEG-2 feeds and transcode them to MPEG-4 before redistributing them to the operator’s video hubs via a satellite link. The content can then flow via digital-subscriber-line, fiber-optic or coaxial-cable connection to subscribers.

"Through our relationship with Intelsat, CSI digital customers can now upgrade existing MPEG-2 systems or enter the digital-video market at a fraction of the cost required previously, while creating unique local packages customized for geographic and demographic concentrations,” CEO David Luman said.

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