Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and FOX International Channels Philippines Corporation (FIC) have announced that they have signed a multi-year and multi-million dollar contract agreement for MCPC services, playout and satellite capacity on ABS-1 and ABS-2 satellites. This service will begin the second half of 2013 on ABS-1 satellite and will transition to ABS-2 after it is launched later this year.
ABS is able to support FIC’s playout requirements with the most advanced automation systems, playout servers, encoders, multiplexing and encryption systems in the industry. The Subic Bay facility was enhanced with its services specifically tailored to support FIC’s Philippines operations. FIC signals will be relayed to ABS’ Subic Bay teleport where the channels will be uplinked to ABS-1 satellite. ABS will provide a comprehensive integrated broadcast 24 x 7 solution for FIC.
FIC is Asia’s leading pay-TV operator and is at the head of the industry in terms of localisation efforts. The international broadcaster believes in customising channels for local audiences and localizing its playout for its channels and feeds in the Philippines is in line with that strategy.
“Asia is not one market but rather a diverse region with many countries, each with their own tastes and preferences when it comes to TV viewing,” says Jude Turcuato, GM of FOX International Channels Philippines. “Through this partnership with ABS I’m pleased that we can now further tailor our channels to suit Filipino viewers and service them even better.”