GlobeCast deal to deliver HD Champions League to Africa
GlobeCast has renewed and significantly expanded its contract with UEFA in a deal to provide HD coverage of the UEFA Champions League and HD and SD coverage of the UEFA Europa League to non-European rights holders. As a result, GlobeCast has made a significant investment of more than €2m in HD upgrades for its two UK sites.
For the UEFA Champions League, GlobeCast has partnered with Israeli-based Satlink to deliver all games of Europe’s most prestigious football competition in HD to 26 territories across the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa each night of the competition which runs from mid August to May.
For Asia, Africa and the Middle East, two feeds will be uplinked out of Brookman’s Park to the IS904 satellite and the other six out of Satlink in Israel to the Asiasat 2 satellite for downlink by rightsholders across the region. Similarly for the UEFA Europa League, GlobeCast and Satlink will provide downlink, capacity and uplink services in SD for the early stages and the same in HD for the later stages of the competition. GlobeCast has worked with UEFA for the delivery of the UEFA Champions League into Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas since 1997.
Currently there are only two HD channel providers in Sub-Saharan Africa: AIT/Daar in Nigeria and DStv/Multichoice in South Africa.