Red Bee Media has extended its contract with FOX Networks Group Middle East (FNG), with a renewal of Playout and Media Management services for channels FOX, FOXMOVIES, STARMOVIES and STARWORLD.
For two of the channels, FOX and FOXMOVIES, Red Bee Media will also be providing global distribution services through the Red Bee Media Channel Store with secure internet delivery, replacing high-cost satellite connections and adding new content delivery options. With the renewed deal, Red Bee Media is now providing managed services for 10 FOX owned channels in the Middle East. Red Bee Media said it has a long-standing relationship with FOX Networks Group Middle East and they will continue to help them benefit from managed services within Playout and Media Management.
With FNG able to leverage the advantages of Red Bee Media’s global distribution service Channel Store for two of their channels, they will replace costly satellite and fiber connections with Red Bee's secure internet-based signal transport solution. Red Bee says FOX will be able to achieve broadcast-grade distribution while significantly reducing cost and setup time.
“Red Bee Media has been our trusted service provider for a long time and we are happy to continue and expand this relationship for the years to come. Leveraging their global distribution offering, we are now also able to distribute channels globally in a more cost-effective and flexible way”, says Sanjay Reina, General Manager and Senior Vice President, FOX Networks Group Middle East.
By adding their channels to the Red Bee Media Channel Store, FNG will now be able to quickly and cost-effectively distribute their channels onto multiple international pay TV affiliates outside of the Middle East, including BeIN, MyHD and ETISALAT.
“We are proud to have renewed and expanded our relationship with FOX and it is a clear confirmation of the value we bring by delivering our managed services. Doing so, we are providing FOX with the ability to focus on content development, production and increased viewer satisfaction, driving business growth in their markets.”, says Houssam Al-Khaled, Head of Market Area Middle East, Red Bee Media
Houssam Al-Khaled, Head of Market Area Middle East, Red Bee Media
Red Bee Media is delivering its services to FOX, through their Middle East Hub in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, servicing 10 channels and affiliate broadcasts, including FOX, FOXMOVIES, STARMOVIES, STARWORLD, FOXCRIME, FOXLIFE, FX, FOX FAMILY MOVIES, FOX ACTION MOVIES and FOX REWAYAT.
The Red Bee Media Channel Store is aimed at enabling content owners and distributors with the ability to sell and deliver content at any time, anywhere, in any format. Live content from multiple sources is easily aggregated over Red Bee Media's global network including internal and external Playout sources, fixed-line fiber connections, web streams, internet delivery and satellite down-link via in-house and partner teleport facilities. Channel Store delivers live video and audio in multiple formats; DVB multicast streams, internet CDN, satellite up-link, point-to-point secure internet delivery, and streaming to AWS and Google Cloud applications.