SOURCE: Broadstream Communications

March 20, 2006 07:45 ET

Broadstream Communications Secures Satellite and Network Management Services Agreement With Intelsat

Broadstream Leverages Intelsat Infrastructure for Emerging IPTV Business

BELLEVUE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2006 -- Broadstream Communications, Inc. has selected Intelsat-Americas™ to support the commercial U.S. deployment of its IPTVConnect™ service offering. The multi-million dollar transaction will enable Broadstream to meet the growing content demand of telecommunication companies ("telcos") entering the IPTV market.

Broadstream's turnkey content delivery and management product offering reduces the overall cost and accelerates time to market for telcos offering broadcast TV services. Broadstream's IPTVConnect™ transport network completely centralizes the aggregation of national TV programmer content and offers over 200 video and audio channels in full digital quality. Telcos distribute this TV programming content via xDSL, fiber and other broadband networks to their end user customer. Broadstream will utilize Intelsat-Americas™:

--  state-of-the-art TandbergTV™ MPEG4 IPTV head-end;
--  newest, high capacity digital satellite - IA-8; and
--  24/7 Network Operations Center to monitor live programming feeds to
    Broadstream's customers across its distribution network.
    
"The North American IPTV market offers significant growth potential for Broadstream. Our partnership with Intelsat enables us to bring best-of-breed technology and services to our telecom and broadband customers," said Anthony Bontrager, President and CEO of Broadstream.

Jon Romm, President of Intelsat Ltd.'s Media & Entertainment Group, stated, "There is significant potential in IPTV for telecommunications, cable and broadband companies. Satellite technology is a cost-effective and efficient way to distribute the required programming. Broadstream understands the importance of reliable content transport, distribution and management for its service offering. We believe our joint value proposition with Broadstream is unmatched in the IPTV industry."

Key features and benefits of Broadstream and Intelsat's joint product offering include:

--  Full IP-multicast capability employing the latest advanced video
    codecs
--  Over 200 "all digital" video and audio programming channels
--  Local encoding platform for local affiliate stations and regional
    sports networks
--  Fault tolerant network, monitored 24/7 from Intelsat's Network
    Operations Center
--  Bstream™ 3.2 IPTV Middleware Platform
--  Integrated conditional access solution
--  Compatibility with existing access networks
--  Multiple set-top box integration
    
About Broadstream Communications, Inc.

Broadstream Communications, Inc., is the leading provider of managed IPTV network services (IPTV Connect™), content management platforms (Bstream™) and affiliate rights and marketing support services (Media Services™). Broadstream operates an all digital (IP) virtual head-end network and service offering that enables network operators to provide an efficient, cost-effective video service product offering over the economics of self-built head-end systems. With ubiquitous coverage of the entire continental United States and existing programming transport rights, Broadstream offers the most extensive IP Video distribution network in the world. Broadstream is headquartered in Bellevue, WA. Additional information can be found at www.broadstream.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jay Stark
    Broadstream Communications, Inc.
    Phone: 425-709-3800
    Email: Email Contact