Pacts cover Blue Ocean, Net 25, Lights Asia
SINGAPORE — Global content management and delivery company GlobeCast, a subsidiary of France Telecom, has announced a raft of deals at the Asian TV Forum in Singapore.Some of the deals are for Blue Ocean Network, a new independent English-language news channel delivering North American and Asia-Pacific auds with programming produced from, and about, China. Other deals are for Eagle Broadcasting Corp.’s Net 25, a free-to-air infotainment and educational channel, with a content delivery solution comprising satellite downlink, standards conversion and fiber blackhaul via the GlobeCast Backbone Network to Paris for uplink to the Eurobird 9A satellite to DTH platforms in Europe. The group also announced the launch of a new Pakistani infotainment channel, Lights Asia on GlobeCast’s platform for which GlobeCast provides MPEG-4 compression, fiber backhaul to Hong Kong and capacity on the AsiaSat3 satellite to Asian markets with Pakistan as a main focus. GlobeCast has secured carriage for Beijing-based Chinese Arts Channel, launching the channel onto DeTV (Malaysia)’s IPTV platform last month. GlobeCast signed a carriage deal for Fashion One HD on Hong Kong Broadband Network’s bbTV and MCSCom’s Univision IPTV platforms in November, extending Fashion One HD’s reach to auds in Hong Kong and Mongolia in addition to Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia. Other carriage deals signed by GlobeCast on MCSCom in Mongolia are for KBS World and YTN, slated to be launched in January 2010.