Arqiva announced a long-term deal with global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, IMG, to deliver two live sports playout channels in Singapore.
The deal – which will see both playout channels go live on 30 April – will also see Arqiva provide IMG with additional occasional use (OU) support for global sporting events throughout 2018, including the A-League Football and National Rugby League (NRL) in Australia, and the US Major Soccer League (MLS).
Arqiva will deploy an integrated solution, combining live sports presentation and remote editing functionality. Playout will be managed remotely from Arqiva’s state-of-the-art Chalfont Grove site in the UK and provide access to systems via HTML5 web interfaces to IMG’s Singapore-based production team.
Chris Guinness, Senior Vice President of Media at IMG, said:
“Having worked with Arqiva for a decade, we have seen first-hand its expertise delivering content across borders to our audiences in Singapore. We are confident that Arqiva’s strong and reliable track record, and its understanding of and support for our business growth goals in Asia, will form the foundation for a successful partnership delivering longer-term playout and OU capacity within this key market.”
Chris Walder, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific at Arqiva, said:
“We are delighted to be extending our relationship with IMG and working with its team even more closely than before. With seven members of IMG staff now situated in our offices in Singapore, they join a host of Asian media giants – including 11 Sports, Discovery and Asian Tour Media – in our ranks.
“By facilitating day-to-day access to both the Arqiva support team and its broadcasting peers, we hope to foster a collaborative environment in which IMG can thrive and work with us to make this venture a success.”
Alex Pannell, Managing Director of Satellite & Media at Arqiva, added:
“At Arqiva we pride ourselves on delivering both commercial and channel flexibility to all of our customers. It is for this reason that tier one global broadcasters and content owners, such as IMG, are leveraging our media hub to deliver services to their audiences around the world. ”