Eagle-eyed viewers will notice changes to some UKTV channels from tomorrow. That’s when SES will take over responsibility for playout, content processing, distribution, and VOD services.
When channels switch across to SES, among the playout improvements will be the transmission of promotional trails and advertisements in HD.
Speaking at the time of the announcement of the new playout deal in July:
“Our UK and global audiences and advertisers expect seamlessly delivered high-quality services, and in the transforming world of broadcast we need flexibility and responsiveness to meet ever-changing audience demands. By selecting SES, we believe we have found a partner that is committed to delivering innovation and can meet our business needs going into the future.”Marcus Arthur, president, UK/Ireland BBC Studios and CEO, UKTV
“We are truly excited to be delivering a complete set of video services to BBCS. Our London and Munich service delivery approach is specially crafted so that broadcasters and production houses like BBCS and UKTV can focus on producing great content while we take care of the content preparation, playout, and delivery. This dual-facility approach is fundamental to our success in ensuring that we have always-on, fully backed-up content delivery services and will enable us to provide the highest quality of service for BBCS.”Steve Collar, CEO, SES