AIRPORT CITY BUSINESS PARK, ISRAEL--(Marketwired - Jan 31, 2014) - RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. (NASDAQ: RRST), a leading provider of comprehensive digital content management and global content distribution services to the broadcasting industry, today announced that in conjunction with its partner, IMG, the company is distributing the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII to Europe. IMG has the European contract for distribution with the National Football League and has contracted with RRsat to deliver NFL live games and programming to Europe for the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 NFL seasons. The RRsat end-to-end solution has allowed IMG to deliver high quality, HD transmissions of season and post-season games to millions of fans across Europe in real time with 28 audio versions tailored for each market.
In November, 2012, RRsat acquired SM2 Sports & Media Solutions, a premier provider of occasional use international sports distribution and syndication services and took over responsibility for delivering the NFL World Feed throughout Asia and Europe. For the remainder of the season and post-season, RRsat captured NFL games from all over the US via its satellite and fiber networks. Eight simultaneous matches of the NFL World Feed were completely remapped to Dolby audio and delivered in high definition (HD) to Europe and Asia via high data rate satellite feeds. The end-to-end live sports solution also included global distribution of weekly NFL highlights to the Americans, Asia and Europe.
"RRsat has been a top-notch partner for delivering NFL games to our European clients at the quality and resolutions that the market demands," said Ollie Scott, Director of Business Development & Technical Services, IMG. "The transition from SM2 was seamless and we have been extremely pleased with RRsat's high level of service and professionalism. As Super Bowl XLVIII approaches -- one of the most widely watched sporting events in the world -- we are confident that RRsat's technology and services will again deliver an exciting, real-time viewing experience for audiences around the globe."
"RRsat is proud to partner with IMG to deliver the Super Bowl, as well as complete football programming, to viewers worldwide in real time," said Avi Cohen, CEO of RRsat. "Our flexible distribution infrastructure as well as our advanced content preparation and high end playout services have proven to meet the rigorous demands of broadcasting the most exciting US sports event of the year to fans throughout the world. In addition to delivering NFL for IMG, we also deliver other live programming on a global basis including LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), PGA Championship and Fight Night."
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, fashion and media business, with 3,500 employees operating in more than 30 countries around the globe. IMG's areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College; IMG's Joint Ventures in India, Brazil, China and Turkey; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Golf and IMG Tennis; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academy; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing. More information is available at www.img.com Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. (NASDAQ: RRST) provides global, end-to-end, digital content preparation and management, as well as content distribution services to the rapidly expanding broadcasting industry, covering more than 150 countries. Through its Global Network, composed of satellite, terrestrial fiber optic capacity and the public Internet, RRsat provides high-quality and flexible global content distribution 24 by 7 services to more than 630 channels reaching multiplatform operators, Internet TV and direct-to-home viewers worldwide. In addition, the company offers worldwide content management and distribution services for sports, news and other live events. More than 130 channels use RRsat's advanced production and playout centers, comprising of comprehensive media asset management services. Visit the company's website www.rrsat.com.
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