France 24 Delivers U.S. News to Europe via Genesis Networks

December 5, 2007
24-hour cable news network France 24 has selected the Genesis Networks fibre infrastructure to provide a permanent video link between France 24's U.S. news bureau at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the channel's Paris headquarters for broadcast of North American news content to the European viewing audience.

In addition, Genesis Networks is facilitating occasional-use transmissions of live news shots from Jerusalem and New York. The links provide France 24 with a turnkey solution for its U.S. coverage.

From the NYSE, the France 24 bureau is connected to the Genesis Networks point of presence (POP) in New York for seamless delivery of news content to the France 24 headquarters. In addition to the video link, the agreement with Genesis Networks includes all required video and audio transmission hardware in New York and Paris, standards conversion from NTSC to PAL at the NYSE, and 24/7 monitoring and technical support via Genesis' network operations centre.

In addition, Genesis Networks provides a fibre link from JCS, a major Jerusalem-based production house, to the France 24 headquarters for delivery of occasional live feeds covering news of the Middle East. Genesis Networks also provides an occasional-use link for live studio shots originating from a production house in New York.

"As we continue to extend our news coverage to broader regions around the globe, it is essential that we partner with service providers that can guarantee the highest levels of quality at an affordable price", said Frédéric Brochard, director of technology for France 24. "We chose Genesis Networks for its technology excellence and its track record of reliability".

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