SES and Comcast Wholesale enhance partnership
13 November 2013 | Kavit Majithia
Satellite provider SES has announced that Comcast Wholesale has renewed and expanded key agreements for 650MHz of C-band capacity to deliver a range of content and management solutions to media companies in North America.
The capacity enhancement enables Comcast to provide cable programmers, multiple system operators and independent cable operators access to linear and on-demand content-distribution solutions, including the company’s HITS (Headend In The Sky) platform.
The Comcast Media Center on-demand programming distribution will be transitioned from SES’s AMC-1 satellite to the new SES-3 satellite in 2014.
SES has been integral in supporting the HITS platform since 2007, when Comcast Wholesale moved its innovative platform from Ku-band to C-band.
“This agreement marks the latest milestone in a long-term, collaborative partnership between Comcast Wholesale and SES that has always strived to meet the evolving needs and demands of the media and entertainment industry,” said Ferdinand Kayser, CCO at SES.
“Comcast Wholesale has long been an engine for innovation for the cable industry with its HITS solution, aimed at helping independent operators compete in a fiercely contested market,” he added.