AsiaSat has announced that Encompass Digital Media Asia has selected AsiaSat’s DVB-S2 MCPC platform, operated from its Tai Po Earth Station in Hong Kong, to distribute Edge Sport HD, a 24-hour action sports channel, on AsiaSat 5.
Encompass Digital Media has worked with Edge Sport HD since its launch in Asia in 2012 managing playout and content distribution across the Asia-Pacific. Edge Sport was the first 24-hour premium action sports HD channel tailored for the Asian market by IMG Media, part of IMG Worldwide, in 2012. The channel offers action sports content such as surfing,
snowboarding, BMX, mountain biking, skateboarding, supercross, skiing, base jumping, freestyle motocross and wakeboarding.
“As the leading playout and distribution player in the region, we are pleased to partner with AsiaSat for the first time. We believe that partnering with AsiaSat offers customers the choice they need in this fast growing market,” said Deepakjit Singh, MD, Encompass Digital Media Asia. “Leveraging AsiaSat’s reach offers our customers like Edge Sport HD an effective content delivery platform that allows the channel to expand and monetise its content more rapidly in Asia.”
In addition to transponder capacity, AsiaSat will provide uplinking and transmission services, allowing Edge Sport HD to enjoy cost effective delivery to all major terrestrial TV networks and pay TV platforms across Asia, Middle East and Australasia.
“We are very pleased to welcome Edge Sport HD onboard AsiaSat 5 which carries a full range of sports content for the Asia Pacific. We see an increasing demand for niche sports content and AsiaSat 5’s excellent access to Asian TV networks will help Edge Sport HD expand its viewership in the region. Additionally, we look forward to continuing to build a close collaborative relationship with Encompass to bring quality services to broadcasters,” said William Wade, president and CEO of AsiaSat.