03.14.2008 12:00 AM
GlobeCast Delivers WWE
GlobeCast and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) have reached an agreement for global satellite and fiber distribution of pay-per-view wrestling matches from across North America in both high definition and standard definition.

The initial agreement includes 14 pay-per-view events in 2008, such as “The Royal Rumble,” “Wrestlemania 24,” “Summerslam” and “Armageddon.”

A subsidiary of France Telecom, GlobeCast is providing WWE with a dual HD and SD distribution solution in North America with satellite and fiber connectivity for pre-event testing and the live events themselves. In addition, GlobeCast will provide post-event replays for WWEs North American affiliates, including backhaul from its headquarters in Stamford, Conn., to the locations of each event.

GlobeCast’s turnkey service also includes full encryption of all transmissions and the deployment of new HD receivers at all of WWE’s North American HD-ready affiliates to suppleme nt previously-supplied SD decoders.

GlobeCast further is ensuring international distribution of these WWE events, beginning with standards conversion to PAL format. For Europe, feeds are routed to GlobeCast’s London teleport for uplink and pan-European satellite capacity. For Asia and Australia, GlobeCast is providing WWE with space segment capacity and fiber connectivity to round out this global solution.

Finally, to support the delivery of these matches, GlobeCast is furnishing a dedicated project management team to support the WWE, from pre-event coordination to live support during the events.

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