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Arqiva to Launch Dedicated Mux at Arqiva's LA Teleport

Satellite Technology

Satellite Technology Feature Article

April 13, 2011

Arqiva to Launch Dedicated Mux at Arqiva's LA Teleport

By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor


A global provider of network solutions and services for the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets, Arqiva (News - Alert) recently revealed its plans about launching a new DVB-S2, MPEG-4 shared multiplex satellite platform (mux) from its Los Angeles teleport. Powered by Cisco's latest generation MPEG-4 encoding technology, the new cable distribution platform will be available via SES (News - Alert) World Skies’ AMC-10 satellite located at 135 degrees west.


In a press release, this high profile communications infrastructure and media services company explained that the proposed launch will give broadcasters and cable programmers unlimited access to 100 percent of US cable headends. 

In the US, the consumer demands for HD and 3D are on the rise and Arqiva's US cable mux initiative is designed to cater to these new market trends. In the release, Arqiva claimed that its shared multiplex service is likely to reach a potential 100 million US homes. It will provide the latest in advanced C-band digital transmission services to US cable headends. Arqiva will also be providing conditional access management for the Integrated Receiver Decoders (IRDs). In addition, the Los Angeles teleport will have a 24/7 dedicated phone and email support help desk for IRD management.

The service will go live in third quarter 2011.

“Arqiva's US cable mux initiative is designed to meet existing and future customer demand for HD and 3D. With our communications infrastructure, seamless architecture and investment in technology, we can deliver the coveted North American domestic cable market. Not only will US networks have potential blanket cable access to all 50 states in HD and 3D, UK, European, Middle Eastern and Asian networks can effectively deliver their content to the same audience, vastly expanding their reach,” Jon Kirchner, EVP and GM of Arqiva Broadcast & Media, explained in a statement.

Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK and has a significant presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. In 2008, the company signed a multi-year contract for Intelsat (News - Alert) capacity at one degree West. The capacity is beng used by Arqiva to distribute both DTH and cable programming throughout Europe as well as support new MPEG-4 HD channel distribution.



Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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