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World Teleport Association Publishes Top Operator Rankings for 2014

(New York, NY, December 9, 2014) – The World Teleport Association (WTA) published its annual rankings for the Top Teleport Operators of 2014. The annual rankings of companies by revenue and revenue growth are compiled by surveying teleport operators around the world as well as referencing the published results of publicly-held companies.

The Top Operators survey also asked independent operators about their spending on satellite capacity as a percentage of revenues. Average spending across the operators equaled 41% of revenues and 90% of respondents reported spending less than 60% of revenues on satellite capacity. There was no obvious pattern of spending based on company size or market niche: the leading service providers to the media & entertainment market showed a wide range of spending as a percentage of sales, from over 50% to under 15%.

In May 2015, WTA will publish its annual Inside the Top Operators report that will provide a more detailed analysis of survey results.

The Independent Top Twenty 
The Independent Top Twenty ranks teleport operators based on revenue from all sources. The list focuses on the independent operators at the core of the business, excluding companies whose primary business is ownership and operation of a satellite fleet or terrestrial network. In order from largest to smallest, the Independent Top Twenty of 2014 are:

1. Harris CapRock (USA)
2. GlobeCast (France)
3. Arqiva Broadcast & Media (UK)
4. Encompass Digital Media (USA)
5. Telespazio S.p.A. (Italy)
6. TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (Govt Division) (USA)
7. Globecomm (USA)
8. Emerging Markets Communications (USA)
9. RR Media (Israel)
10. Spacenet (USA)
11. du (Emirates Integrated Telecom) (UAE)
12. Essel Shyam Communication (India)
13. Signalhorn Trusted Networks (Germany)
14. Axesat (Colombia)
15. SatLink Communications (Israel)
16. Jordan Media City (Jordan)
17. NewSat (Australia)
18. Infrasat (Angola)
19. Onlime (Germany)
20. Elara Comunicaciones SA (Mexico)

The Global Top Twenty 
The Global Top Twenty ranks companies based on revenues from all customized communications sources and includes operators of teleports and satellite fleets. In order from largest to smallest, the Global Top Twenty of 2014 are:

1. Intelsat S.A. (Luxembourg)
2. SES (Luxembourg)
3. Eutelsat (France)
4. Telesat (Canada)
5. Harris CapRock (USA) *
6. EchoStar Satellite Services (USA)
7. SingTel Satellite (Singapore)
8. GlobeCast (France) *
9. Arqiva Broadcast & Media (UK) *
10. Encompass Digital Media (USA) *
11. Optus (Australia)
12. Hispasat (Spain)
13. Telespazio S.p.A. (Italy) *
14. Thaicom Public Company Ltd (Thailand)
15. AsiaSat (China)
16. TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (Government Division) (USA) *
17. Globecomm (Services revenue) (USA) *
18. Emerging Markets Communications (USA) *
19. Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (Norway)
20. RR Media (Israel) *

* Independent: does not operate satellite capacity

The “Fast Twenty” 
The Fast Twenty ranks all teleport-operating companies based on year-over-year revenue growth in their most recent fiscal years. Emerging Markets Communications was the fastest of the fast with 76% growth. Ranked by revenue growth, the Fast Twenty of 2014 are:

1. Elara Comunicaciones SA (Mexico) *
2. Axesat (Colombia) *
3. Gazprom Space Systems (Russia)
4. Cobbett Hill Earth Station (UK) *
5. Infrasat (Angola) *
6. Global Data Systems (USA) *
7. Milano Teleport S.p.A. (Italy) *
8. Jordan Media City (Jordan) *
9. Emerging Markets Communications (USA) *
10. STN (Slovenia) *
11. Echostar (USA)
12. Encompass Digital Media (USA) *
13. Santander Teleport S.L. (Spain) *
14. SingTel (Singapore)
15. RR Media (Israel) *
16. Essel Shyam Communication (India) *
17. Telesat (Canada)
18. Onlime (Germany) *
19. Eutelsat (France)
20. du (Emirates Integrated Telecom) (UAE) *

* Independent: does not operate satellite capacity

“The past two years have been challenging ones for the satellite business and the teleport sector that uses satellite to deliver complex network services,” said executive director Robert Bell. He noted that, of respondents to the 2014 survey, 63% reported year-over-year revenue growth, while 37% saw flat revenue or revenue declines. This compares with the average of the prior three years, in which 82% of respondents reported revenue growth and 18% reported flat or declining revenue. The biggest declines were reported by companies with significant exposure to US government and military spending, which has sharply pulled back its spending as it winds down deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Companies in other sectors are showing single and double-digit growth year over year.

About World Teleport Association 
Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (www.worldteleport.org) has focused on improving the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world’s most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations. http://www.worldteleport.org/news/206410/World-Teleport-Association-Publishes-Top-Operator-Rankings-for-2014.htm

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ASP and Encompass, the Next Wave of Global Distribution Solutions

We have had the pleasure of working with The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) during their 2014 season. The ASP showcases the world’s best male and female surfing talent as they ride waves and impress the judges in beautiful locales like Queensland, Rio de Janeiro, and Fiji.

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Company is the video transmission partner for the new College Football Hall of Fame facility.

ATLANTA, GA (September 9, 2014)Encompass Digital Media, a global leader in mission-critical media capture, management and distribution services, has teamed up with the College Football Hall of Fame to provide video transmission services from its new facility in Atlanta, GA. With full-time fiber connectivity through Encompass, and last-mile service from AT&T, the College Football Hall of Fame now has the capability to transmit live interviews, long-form programming and content playout globally via Encompass Atlanta’s international Teleport.

“The ability to provide broadcasters and content owners an onsite, end-to-end video transport solution offers an added benefit that makes the College Football Hall of Fame a preferred, premier facility for delivering sports related media,” says Mike Bilbow, Vice President, Content & Production for College Football Hall of Fame.

“The College Football Hall of Fame is a world-class facility, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with them in the distribution of their video content anywhere in the world using our comprehensive, geographically diverse resources,” comments Keith Kozicki, Director, Sports Distribution & Channel Origination for Encompass.

In addition to delivering video through fiber transmission, Encompass also provides a wide range of services that will enhance any media distribution project including satellite uplink (fixed and mobile), standards conversion, HD encoding and live streaming.

About Atlanta Hall Management & The College Football Hall of Fame

The new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is a 94,256-square-foot attraction located in the heart of Atlanta’s sports, entertainment and tourism district. Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the new Hall provides visitors with a highly immersive, interactive and engaging experience using a blend of historic college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia exhibits. The National Football Foundation (NFF) launched the Hall in 1951 to stand as one of the nation’s premier sports shrines, immortalizing the game’s greatest players and coaches as positive role models for future generations. In 2009, Atlanta Hall Management, Inc., partnered with the NFF to construct and operate the new Hall of Fame attraction, which will also provide a platform for community outreach, education and character development initiatives, as well as serve as one of Atlanta’s premier special event spaces. For more information, please visit www.cfbhall.com.

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Encompass chooses Intelsat’s IS-34 for Latin America distribution

Luxembourg, 26 June 2014   Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading provider of satellite services, announced today that it has signed a 15-year agreement with Encompass Digital Media, a global leader in mission-critical media capture, management and distribution services, for capacity on Intelsat 34, one of the three satellites comprising Intelsat’s premier video neighborhoods serving Latin America.

Encompass will transition from Intelsat 805 at 304.5˚ East to its replacement satellite, Intelsat 34, in late 2015, and lease additional C-band capacity to expand its SD and HD video distribution feeds throughout Latin America.

“Intelsat’s premier video neighborhood at 304.5˚E delivers high cable head-end penetration throughout Latin America which will allow us to meet the increased demand for HD and regionalized content distribution,” said Juan Salleras, executive vice president and general manager, Encompass Latin America. “The premium transponders on Intelsat 34 will allow us to operate more efficiently and provide programmers with the ability to deliver higher quality and differentiated content to their viewers. ”

“Starting with the global distribution of the Mexico Olympic Games in 1968, Intelsat has been the leading provider of satellite services to the Latin America media market, delivering the region’s most-watched channels to more cable head-ends than any other satellite operator,” said Carmen Gonzalez-Sanfeliu, regional vice president, Latin America and Caribbean sales, Intelsat. “The Intelsat 34 satellite, and our related investments in ground infrastructure in the region, will further support Encompass’ growth plans, enhancing its highly respected distribution platform for the region.”

About Intelsat

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) is the world’s leading provider of satellite services, delivering high performance connectivity solutions for media, fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government and military applications. Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video and broadband services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and mobile broadband access, Intelsat creates value for its customers through creative space-based solutions. Envision…Connect…Transform…with Intelsat, celebrating 50 years of space leadership in 2014. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.

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Recognizing a growing trend in the market toward next generation IP-based video transport solutions, the company embraces the future of IP delivery

Encompass Digital Media, a global leader in mission-critical media capture, management and distribution services, is working with LTN and its next generation managed IP network to provide a total solution for affordable, reliable transmission services across the globe. Encompass recognizes the quality and affordability of using IP over reliable, defined Internet-accessible hardened nodes. The companies are working together to deploy IP transmission kits including multi-channel HD encoding for sports, news, entertainment and corporate events. Encompass’ New York Waterfront facility acts as a point-of-presence for LTN and enables the connectivity of hundreds of customers directly to the LTN IP network. In addition, Encompass’ global Teleport footprint is directly accessible to LTN.

“With the demand rising for reliable, broadcast quality IP delivery, Encompass is not only embracing this trend but is looking one step ahead into what we see as a rapidly growing delivery technology within our industry,” said Chris Myers, Encompass’ Executive Vice President, Global Occasional Services.

“Encompass and LTN are providing a compelling solution for our clients by creating a one-stop shop for transporting their events from anywhere on the globe easily, economically and with high quality and reliability,” said Malik Khan, Executive Chairman of LTN.

About LTN

LTN Global Communications has revolutionized the video transport industry with an innovative, IP-based live video delivery service that meets or exceeds broadcast quality standards.  LTN’s service has been widely adopted by major broadcasters, media companies and content creators and owners. LTN’s unique, patented technology was designed to combine the reach and flexibility of the Internet with the quality and reliability of a private network. The network enables live video delivery with consistent low delay and high quality, with 5 9’s reliability, on a global scale. For more information, please visit www.LTNGlobal.com.


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Company demonstrating new product that allows broadcasters to fully replicate their channels including content, branding and advertisements

Encompass Digital Media, a global leader in mission-critical media capture, management and distribution services, is demonstrating its Playout Disaster Recovery solution at NAB April 7-10, 2014, booth SU2321. The product allows broadcasters to fully replicate their playout channels including content, branding and advertisements providing brand and revenue protection.

With Encompass’ worldwide facilities, the company ensures that the DR solution is located at a different playout site from the primary channels. Encompass uses its internal Global Interconnect Fiber Network to provide connectivity and assure sub-second switching in the event of a fault. This DR solution provides seamless, fully mirrored DR playout which replicates all schedules and content to provide 24/7/365 available Disaster Recovery.

“This next generation Disaster Recovery solution provides for total peace of mind,” said Marco Tinnirello, Senior Vice President, Commercial Sales EMEA. “We are excited to bring this ground-breaking DR product and workflow to market and showcase it at NAB.”

Using the latest state-of-the-art playout technology together with Encompass’ media asset management (EMAM), content and schedules are automatically replicated. Schedule validation, language identification and QC are all performed in software. In addition, Encompass’ monitoring app provides real-time status information and the ability stream the channel output.

About Encompass Digital Media

Encompass, a leader in content services, owns and operates state-of-the-art broadcast facilities throughout the United States, Latin America, United Kingdom and Asia. The company’s mission-critical media services provide broadcasters, cable networks, corporations and government entities with customized solutions for the management and distribution of content. With global access to large satellite and fiber footprints, Encompass has 24/7/365 Teleport facilities and technical personnel in Atlanta; Buenos Aires; Burbank, Calif.; Lino Lakes and Minneapolis, Minn.; London; Los Angeles; New York; Singapore; and Stamford, Conn. For more information, please visit www.encompass.tv.


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Company is the exclusive transmission partner for Association of Surfing Professionals’ championship coverage.

Encompass Digital Media, a global leader in mission-critical media capture, management and distribution services, partners with the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) to bring live coverage of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT). Encompass is utilizing its unique combination of global assets including geographically diverse Teleports (satellite and fiber services), remote transmission and live streaming to the ASP’s official YouTube channel delivering this ultimate surfing event live to audiences around the world – Australia, Brazil, France, Japan, Portugal and United States.

“When we started planning the tour, we knew that we needed a world-class transmission partner that had an extensive geographical reach and proven capabilities to take a signal from isolated locations and distribute that signal to a broad base of countries,” said Rob Hammer, ASP’s Vice President, Post Production. “Encompass provided the ideal partnership.”

“With an estimated audience of 120 million worldwide, Encompass is honored to play a pivotal role in the broadcast chain for ASP’s 2014 World Championship Tour,” said Chris Myers, Encompass’ Executive Vice President, Worldwide Occasional Services.

The WCT takes place from March through December 2014 with nearly a dozen planned locations – Australia, Rio, Fiji, South Africa, Tahiti, California, France, Portugal and Hawaii. With each location, the routing parameters are unique and require the integrated global footprint and resources that Encompass uniquely provides. Beginning with the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ in Australia, Encompass uplinked the event utilizing its HD flyaway and the company provided for the creation and delivery of three live streams on YouTube.

About Association of Surfing Professionals

ASP is the sole governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tours (WCT), the ASP Qualification Series (QS), the Big Wave World Tour, the ASP World Longboard Championship (WLC) and the ASP World Junior Championship (WJC). The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfers in the world’s best waves with the International organization supported by seven regional offices in Africa, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, Japan, North America, and South America. For more information, please visit www.aspworldtour.com.

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Encompass Government Solutions, a leader in global satellite and terrestrial connectivity and a division of Encompass Digital Media, announced today that O’Brian McKinley has joined the company as Vice President, Business Development. McKinley will concentrate on developing and expanding the company’s relationships within the government sector. McKinley will be based in Atlanta but will primarily work in Washington, D.C. to assist senior government and DoD clients realize new opportunities and solutions.

“With over 30 years of government and commercial broadcast experience, O’Brian is an important addition to our organization,” said Ed Horowitz, Co-CEO of Encompass. “His understanding of media distribution along with his expertise in IPTV, VOD, OTT and VoIP further enhances the capabilities of the Government Solutions team and allows us to significantly increase our service offerings.”

“I am pleased to be joining such a talented organization,” said McKinley. “Encompass has grown steadily over the past several years, and I look forward to contributing to the continued expansion of the Government Solutions segment.”

McKinley most recently served as Globecomm’s Senior Director – Media, Entertainment & Broadcast Business Development where he specialized in the delivery and implementation for an array of international networks. Prior to Globecomm, McKinley was Director of Network Operations for PBS in Alexandria, VA where he managed the day-to-day operations of the network including studio production, post production and program delivery. In addition, McKinley managed and designed on-air broadcast entities for CNN, Turner Broadcasting, The Nashville Network and CBS.

About Encompass Government Solutions

Encompass Government Solutions, a leader in global satellite and terrestrial connectivity, provides managed services for civilian government and military sectors including federal, state and local agencies. With worldwide distribution resources, Encompass offers reliable, cost-effective satellite and fiber solutions; mobile uplink services; IP voice, data and video; 24/7/365 network monitoring; and collocation within eight of the company’s Teleports. Encompass supports Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) and ad-hoc communications requirements as well as emergency responders and disaster recovery needs.

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Network set to go HD, Introduce New On-Air Look and Innovative Global Sports Ticker

STAMFORD, CT – July 17, 2013 - ONE World Sports today announced the opening of the ONE World Sports Broadcast Center, a state-of-the-art high definition production facility in Stamford, CT as part of a comprehensive re-launch of the global sports network on August 3.

The national sports network also will introduce a global sports ticker, and debut its bold on-air branding and graphics at the same time.

ONE World Sports will utilize Encompass’ Stamford and Singapore facilities. The ONE World Sports Broadcast Center will be located in Stamford where Encompass will provide full-time Master Control, uplink, satellite space segment, production and post-production. The network’s production, operations and promotion staff will also have offices at the ONE World Sports Broadcast Center. Encompass Singapore will provide content acquisition services delivered to Stamford via fiber connectivity.

In addition to ONE World Sports, Encompass provides content management and distribution for premier sports leagues and broadcasters including ASN, CBS Sports Network, NFL Network, Outside TV, ROOT Sports, TVG, Sportsman Channel and YES Network and serves as the Master Control center for approximately 800 other local, regional and global cable networks.

“Our partnership with Encompass will help accelerate our momentum as we move into original programming and an ever-wider span of global sports coverage,” said Alexander “Sandy” Brown, president and CEO of ONE World Sports. “The move to high-definition telecasts will further enhance our viewers’ experience as they enjoy some of the best sports programming the world has to offer on ONE World Sports.”

“Encompass is extremely proud to welcome and partner with ONE World Sports at such an exciting time for the global sports network,“ said Bill Tillson, Co-CEO of Encompass. “They are a perfect fit with the other network industry leaders housed in our state-of-the-art production campus.”

About ONE World Sports

ONE World Sports is an English-language network delivering exclusive world-class sports live from around the globe. ONE World Sports fulfills U.S. sports fans’ passion for premier match-ups of their favorite sports with more than 2,400 hours of unduplicated sports programming annually. Programming includes live and same-day action of leagues and competitions in soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, table tennis and badminton. The network is available on DISH Network, Cablevision Optimum and Mediacom Communications.

ONE World Sports is headquartered in New York City. Corporate parent ONEMedia Corp. also owns ONE CONNXT, a global HD/SD broadcast video transport services provider; America ONE Television, a general entertainment and sports broadcast network; and America ONE Sports, a leading provider of live broadband sports.

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New York City – March 11, 2013 – The World Teleport Association (WTA) announced that Bill Tillson, Co-CEO of Encompass Digital Media, has been named its 2013 Teleport Executive of the Year for the second consecutive year, a first in the 18 year history of the award. Mr. Tillson will be honored during WTA’s Teleport Awards for Excellence luncheon on 19 March during SATELLITE 2013. The Teleport Executive of the Year award is presented to an individual for demonstrated entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation in the development or operation of a teleport-based business.

According to the association’s Awards Committee, Mr. Tillson’s second consecutive award was due to the impressive growth Encompass has achieved through a series of acquisitions and strategic alignments by Mr. Tillson, beginning with the purchase of Andrita Studios in Los Angeles, and continuing through the company’s most recent acquisition, Teleport Internacional Buenos Aires (TIBA), in November of 2012. The Teleport Executive of the Year is determined by the WTA’s board of directors, who evaluate the CEO or leading executive among the associations “Fast 20” group of teleport operators for that year.

With teleport facilities and technical personnel in Atlanta, Buenos Aires, London, Los Angeles Metro, Minneapolis, New York Metro and Singapore, Encompass has succeeded where many other companies have failed: growing from a small teleport operator to a global leader in digital media services.

“Growth by acquisition has a rocky track record in our industry,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell, “with acquirers too often not fully understanding what they are buying and how the pieces being assembled can add up to more than the sum of the parts.” Bell added, “Bill Tillson deeply understands this business and how to apply financial leverage and clear strategic direction for success.”

About World Teleport Association

Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (www.worldteleport.org) has focused on improving the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world’s most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations.

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