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Encompass Launches Asia Pacific's First-of-its-kind, Multi-channel Broadcast Monitoring and Playout Facility



With double the capacity to meet growing customer demands, the MEGAPOD offers fully automated, end-to-end media processing and monitoring facility

Singapore, May 15, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - Encompass Digital Media, one of the world's top digital media services providers and a leader in global satellite and terrestrial connectivity, has today launched its new US$7 million broadcast monitoring facility, the MEGAPOD - the first-of-its-kind multi-channel broadcast monitoring and playout facility with multi-channel and multi-format for linear and over-the-top (OTT) delivery capabilities. The MEGAPOD can handle up to 250 channels, from ingest to delivery across multiple screens.

"MEGAPOD is a one-of-its-kind facility in Asia which enables our customers to manage and monetise their media assets in a more efficient and error-free environment," said Deepakjit Singh, Managing Director, Encompass Digital Media Asia. "The innovative design and fully automated processes enable real-time monitoring and processing of the content for delivery across the globe on multiple screens."

The MEGAPOD offers broadcasters a ready infrastructure for expansion, allowing the launch of a new channel every two-and-a-half weeks, provides significant reduction time to any anomalies, and reduces book-to-build time to less than three weeks. The fully automated, end-to-end central monitoring system is built on the back of iControl - the world's most advanced, fully automated integrated monitoring and control system.

"Currently over 120 content channels are in the process of getting on-board with the MEGAPOD and we expect this number to multiply as more clients in the region tap into our offering. We believe the MEGAPOD, with its advanced technology and a pool of highly skilled staff, has the potential to become the media processing hub in Asia," said Deepakjit.

Together with Encompass Asia's existing facility, the MEGAPOD offers a variety of robust services with high redundancy, including playout, distribution, digital media manipulation, ad inserts, OTT services, as well as other creative, technical and global archival services. In addition, the facility also houses a post-production studio, giving clients the full end-to-end solution to create and deliver content on the go. To date, a number of tier 1 broadcasters operating across Asia have indicated plans to take advantage of the efficiencies that the MEGAPOD will generate.

"With Singapore's vision to become a global media hub for the creation, development, and distribution of original content, facilities like the MEGAPOD are complementary to the ecosystem that is being built to realise this goal," added Deepakjit.

About Encompass Digital Media

Encompass, a leader in digital media services, owns and operates state-of-the-art broadcast facilities throughout the United States, Latin America, United Kingdom and Asia. The company's mission-critical media services provide broadcasters, cable networks, corporations and government entities with customized solutions for the management and distribution of content. With global access to large satellite and fiber footprints, Encompass has 24/7/365 Teleport facilities and technical personnel in Los Angeles; Atlanta; New York; Stamford, Conn.; Lino Lakes and Minneapolis, Minn.; Burbank, Calif.; Buenos Aires; London; and Singapore.

In Asia Pacific, Encompass transmits 126 channels and is a partner to the biggest names in media including AETN, BBC, CNBC, Discovery Networks, LiTV and MTV. Based in Singapore, Encompass Asia has the largest digital media facility in the region with 88,000 sq. ft. and 19 satellite uplinks. The Encompass is designed to offer a robust, redundant infrastructure for content distribution, digital media manipulation, and creative, technical and global archive services. In addition, the facility also houses a cutting-edge post-production studio giving its clients an end-to-end solution for creating and delivering content. For more information, please visit www.encompass.tv.

Media Contact:

Melody Uy
Ogilvy Public Relations Singapore
+65 6213 6997
+65 9168 9784
[email protected]


Source: Encompass Digital Media

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