YahLive has signed a deal with Jordan Media City (JMC) for playout and uplink services, the two companies have revealed.
The agreement will allow YahLive offer its clients from the Levant the option to uplink from JMC, with playout facilities also available if required.
“We have agreed to have two transponders worth of bandwidth,” said Mohamed Youssif, CEO, YahLive. “The number of channels that this represents will vary depending on how many are standard- or high-definition,” added Youssif.
“We want to have a number of uplink facilities contracted to us to make sure that we are close to the customers and can give them the option of where they uplink from,” said Youssif. “The idea is to have a strategy where we make it as easy as possible for customers to uplink. If the teleport is far away from the customer you need either fibre or satellite to move the content. We want to minimise that to reduce costs for customers.”
Youssif suggests that broadcasters that are new to the region will be likely to use the Yahsat facility whereas existing channels in the Middle East may opt to switch to a new teleport if it is more convenient. In order to provide as much choice as possible, YahLive is attempting to sign as many teleports as it can.
“We are in discussions with five other facilities right now. If a station is in Europe they need an uplink in Europe, if they are in the Levant then Jordan makes sense. We will have agreements in Abu Dhabi with twofour54 and at the Yahsat facility. Etisalat and Samacom are both options for UAE customers too.”
YahLive will have a total of 23 transponders on the Yahsat 1a satellite scheduled for launch in Q1 2011.