Arqiva signs new three-year contract to distribute Barclays Premier League globally

UK, London, November 2013: Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, has today announced that they have signed a contract to distribute the Barclays Premier League globally in HD. Arqiva will provide the encoding, encryption and satellite capacity to support the global delivery of the world’s most watched football league.

Arqiva has implemented new distribution technology for the Premier League, using advanced “roll off filtering” technology. This technology enables the transmission of a higher bit-rate, without the need to increase satellite bandwidth, equivalent to a 15% improvement in efficiency. Ultimately this enables Arqiva to distribute even higher quality content, globally, on behalf of its customers.

This new contract follows on from Arqiva’s successful work with IMG Media to date. Arqiva has provided distribution services for live Barclays Premier League matches as well as supplementary programming for IMG Media for the past six seasons. Over the course of this period there has been a significant increase in the production values and content available to ensure the most involving, comprehensive and informative live football experience possible is available to the global Barclays Premier League Licensees. Through technical innovation Arqiva is enabling the distribution of all 380 matches live in HD.

Arqiva will be the sole distributor of approximately 190 of the key live fixtures globally per season. This distribution includes the delivery of three channel multiplexes comprising of the match feed, a fixed Wide Shot (for Studio backdrops) and an Interview/ISO. Additionally Arqiva will distribute the 24/7 HD Content Service into Asia and the Americas.

Barrie Woolston, Managing Director of Satellite at Arqiva, said “Working with IMG and the Premier League since 2007, we have provided valuable and trustworthy continuity, while persistently delivering new levels of technical innovation. Arqiva is proud to work with IMG to support the global distribution of the Barclays Premier League.”

Ollie Scott from IMG Media, commented “Arqiva’s robust solution and service delivery via satellite enables the global licences to access all content. Arqiva’s technical innovation and robust service delivery means the service is of the highest standard and offers value.”

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