Six Nets Join All-Digital Platform


Six more television-network groups are taking the all-digital plunge, inking contracts to have their East and West Coast satellite feeds delivered via Comcast Media Center’s and SES Americom’s joint Total Digital Solution platform.

The programmers are A&E Television Networks, Hallmark Channel, Jewelry Television, ION Media Networks, Oxygen Media and WGN. The six groups combined field 10 East and West Coast satellite feeds.

They join a list of programmers using the all-digital transport that includes Comcast properties E! Entertainment Television and G4, as well as PBS Kids Sprout, C-SPAN, Lifetime Networks and Food Network.

The Total Digital Solutionoffers an all-digital video-delivery backbone using CMC’s content-management services and SES’ AMC-4 satellite. It can deliver to cable operators all-digital-video feeds, secured authorization and digital program-insertion triggers used to place ad spots and high-quality video and audio.

“For the industry’s programming networks, Total Digital represents a cost-effective and complementary distribution method for reaching their affiliates,” CMC chief operating officer Gary Traver said.

“For cable operators, our Total Digital Solution offers a highly efficient means for launching all-digital service in their markets by shifting much of the investment, maintenance and quality assurance for digital compression to a company that’s been providing this service to the industry for over 12 years,” he added.