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ENCOMPASS PARTNERS WITH V-NOVA TO OFFER NEXT-GENERATION VIDEO COMPRESSION PRODUCTS & SERVICES

ATLANTA, GA (April 13, 2015)Encompass Digital Media, a global leader in mission-critical media capture, management and distribution services, announced today that it is partnering with V-Nova to deliver innovative video solutions to the media industry in three specific areas, namely delivery of: 1) contribution quality video via the Internet at a lower cost than fiber; 2) high quality streaming media over-the-top using substantially less bandwidth than is required today; and 3) 4k and 8k UltraHD television via satellite to cable systems using substantially less bandwidth which will be backwards compatible with existing H.264 distribution. V-Nova’s PERSEUS embraces the future of video distribution and shows a massive shift in the entire video-bitrate-quality landscape enabling UltraHD quality at HD bitrates, HD at SD bitrates, and SD video at audio bitrates. The relationship allows both companies to better serve clients by delivering more compelling video experiences across platforms with dramatically reduced bandwidth requirements.

“As a leading provider of media and broadcasting infrastructure, Encompass is constantly on the lookout for ground-breaking innovations. We have partnered with V-Nova based on the product maturity and years of testing they have undergone in professional broadcasting. This separates PERSEUS from the many less mature compression technology offerings that we often hear about. The fact that PERSEUS provides over 3x compression and is simultaneously backward compatible with the existing ecosystem (e.g., H.264) and video assets makes V-Nova’s PERSEUS offering highly attractive,” commented Chris Walters, Encompass’ CEO.

“The broadcast television industry is witnessing a major transformation in how viewers screen content – the demand is predominately for high-quality video delivered to any device. It is imperative that we continually provide our customers with the ability to deliver their content in the most efficient and cost-effective manner in any format, on any platform, anywhere in the world,” commented Alan Young, Encompass’ CTO.

“We are extremely proud to work with an industry leader like Encompass. The combination of Encompass’ global infrastructure with V-Nova’s ground-breaking PERSEUS compression performance provides a highly compelling offering”, states Guido Meardi, V-Nova CEO & co-Founder. “The fact that PERSEUS integrates seamlessly with existing hardware, decoding devices and workflows means that our partners and customers can benefit in the near term within existing infrastructure and bandwidth capacity.”

“The Encompass partnership highlights the benefits and broad applicability of both the PERSEUS technology and the coalition around it,” remarked Eric Achtmann, V-Nova Executive Chairman & co-Founder. “Together with Encompass, we are solving current challenges, creating new offerings and improving economics for customers – we are making ‘The Impossible’ possible, and ‘The Possible’ more profitable.”

About Encompass Digital Media

Encompass, a global leader in broadcast media capture, management and distribution services, owns and operates broadcast facilities in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Encompass serves the world’s leading local, regional and global media companies, broadcasters and government end-users with customized, cost-effective and innovative solutions. The company’s premier services include network origination/playout, central-casting for broadcast TV stations, video on demand processing services, media distribution (fiber and satellite), OTT streaming, government solutions and video production services/studios. For more information, please visit www.encompass.tv

About V-Nova, Ltd.

V-Nova Ltd. (“V-Nova”) is a London-headquartered company providing advanced video and imaging processing hardware, software and embedded solutions. Its novel encoding technology, PERSEUS™, is based on principles underlying human vision. PERSEUS™ simultaneously offers significant improvements in compression, picture quality and processing speed with reduced power consumption. This is true in all practical commercial applications, such as on- and offline broadcasting, contribution, production, storage, and distribution at all quality levels, and within existing infrastructure using standard off-the-shelf hardware. For more information,
please visit v-nova.com.

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ENCOMPASS OFFERS DIGITAL SUB-CHANNELS A PREMIER LOCATION ON A BROADCAST-FOCUSED SATELLITE

Encompass Digital Media, a global leader in mission-critical media capture, management and distribution services, announced today that it has added a broadcast-focused mux to its North American satellite platforms, Intelsat’s G-19. By occupying a full transponder, Encompass provides its clients with a cost-effective, premium location for their digital sub-channels (D2).

“We have seen a steady increase in our digital sub-channels business over the last year,” states Vince Matherne, Chief Product Officer for Encompass. “G-19 provides D2 clients a home on a broadcast-friendly satellite with the ability to launch on a channel-by-channel basis on a fully saturated transponder. Each new channel launched is then instantly available to broadcast stations typically without additional antenna resources being deployed.”

Encompass has worked closely with network distributors to develop technology that fits the unique requirements of the D2 market including advanced secondary event triggers and reduced throughput to enhance the primary distribution of off-air stations. Currently, four uniquely distinct D2 programmers have launched on Encompass’ G-19 broadcast-focused transponder and another channel will be added in April.

About Encompass Digital Media

Encompass Digital Media, a global leader in mission-critical media capture, management and distribution services, owns and operates facilities in Atlanta, Buenos Aires, London, Los Angeles Metro, Minneapolis, New York Metro and Singapore. Encompass serves the world’s leading local, regional and global media companies, broadcasters, corporations and government end-users with customized, cost-effective and innovative solutions. The company’s premier services include network origination/playout; content management; disaster recovery; centralcasting for TV stations; global content solutions; digital file transfers via satellite, fiber and IP; occasional-use businesses (fiber, satellite, U.S.-based uplink trucks) and video production services/studios. For more information, please visit www.encompass.tv.

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ENCOMPASS NAMES CHRIS WALTERS CEO, WILLIAM TILLSON APPOINTED EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Recognizing the importance of an acute focus on launching emerging technologies and continuing its global strategic growth initiatives, the company enhances its leadership team.

ATLANTA, GA (January 27, 2015)Encompass Digital Media, a global leader in mission-critical media capture, management and distribution services, announced today the appointment of Chris Walters as its Chief Executive Officer. Walters will be responsible for day-to-day operations of Encompass on a worldwide basis. William Tillson will assume the role of Executive Chairman. Tillson will continue to provide executive leadership focused on global customer initiatives, technology partnerships and next-generation media delivery strategies.

“After completing our four acquisitions, we have focused on recruiting world-class senior executives to provide the executive depth required to operate and grow our worldwide business – Chris completes this process,” Tillson commented. “He brings deep industry operating experience to Encompass along with demonstrated success executing OTT strategies which is the next generation of growth for our customers.”

Walters said, “I am thrilled to be joining Encompass and working with Bill to continue to build the business. The company is exceptionally well positioned to be the leading partner to content companies trying to deliver on their viewers’ increasing need for content at any time on any device in any location.”

Prior to joining Encompass, Walters served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Weather Company where he collaborated with the leadership team to successfully position the company for rapid growth and drove new technology developments that enabled The Weather Company’s expansion across all platforms. Before joining The Weather Company, Walters served in leadership roles at Bloomberg where his last position was leaving as Chief Operating Officer of the Bloomberg Industry Verticals Group. In this position, Walters drove significant expansion of subscription services in multiple industry verticals via organic growth and acquisitions. Prior to Bloomberg, Walters was a partner at McKinsey & Company where he led client engagements defining video distribution strategies and growth opportunities including next-generation business models for traditional media, digital media, technology and information services companies.

Walters holds an MBA from The University of Chicago – Booth School of Management with a focus on Finance and Strategic Management and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.

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ENCOMPASS ESTABLISHES POSITION AS ONE OF THE LARGEST THIRD-PARTY TELEPORTS IN ASIA

Regional leader in global satellite and terrestrial connectivity and digital media services provider closes 2014 with its latest achievement – uplinking 16 full-time C-band carriers to 16 complete transponders over six satellites

SINGAPORE, 22 January, 2015 – Encompass Digital Media, one of the world’s top digital media services providers and a leader in global satellite terrestrial connectivity, today announced its latest milestone on its journey of growth and achievements. With the recent transitioning of our customer uplinks, it is now officially transmitting 16 full-time C-band carriers to 16 complete transponders spread over six different satellites from its facility in Singapore, making Encompass one of the largest third-party Teleports in Asia.

“We have come a long way over the past four years. In 2010, we were only operating five carriers on Gen 2 and 3 Klystron Power Amplifiers (KPA),” said Deepakjit Singh, Managing Director, Encompass Digital Media Asia. “Now, through sheer hard work and determination, we have not only expanded capacity, but also upgraded the KPAs and added multiple Traveling-Wave-Tube Amplifiers (TWTAs) and overhauled the power system to chart the way for future growth and expansion.”

Today, Encompass uplinks to several satellite operators including Intelsat, MEASAT and AsiaSat which is a testament to the consistent quality and reliability of its services.

“Encompass has proven to be a reliable Teleport service partner for Intelsat, and we have valued the level of support and services they have provided to us over the years. We look forward to working with Encompass in the future and ensuring that we continue to distribute compelling content to our customers across multiple screens,” said Terry Bleakley, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, Intelsat.

“We would like to congratulate Encompass on reaching this impressive milestone, capped by the addition of a network on MEASAT-3a,” said Raj Malik, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd.

“Our partnership with Encompass helped grow MEASAT’s 91.5°E orbital location into Asia’s leading video hotslot. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Encompass as we both continue to expand our businesses in the region.”

This latest milestone caps off a successful 2014 for Encompass Digital Media Asia, which launched a state-of-the-art broadcast monitoring and playout facility, with multi-channel and multi-format for linear and over-the-top (OTT) delivery capabilities in May. The US$7 million broadcast monitoring facility offers broadcasters an infrastructure that enables expansion, allows the launch of a new channel every two-and-a-half weeks, provides significant reduction time to any anomalies and reduces book-to-build time to less than three weeks. The fully automated, end-to-end central monitoring system is built on the back of iControl – the world’s most advanced, fully automated integrated monitoring and control system.

“While we closed the year on a high note, we look forward to the opportunities in 2015 to further expand our capabilities in our quest to become the top-choice provider of digital media service and fulfill Singapore’s vision to become a global media hub,” said Deepakjit Singh.

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ENCOMPASS AMONG WTA’S TOP OPERATOR RANKINGS FOR 2014

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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WSL and Encompass, the Next Wave of Global Distribution Solutions

We have had the pleasure of working with the World Surf League (WSF), formerly Association of Surfing Professionals, during their 2014 season. The WSL 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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ENCOMPASS TEAMS UP WITH THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME TO PROVIDE VIDEO TRANSMISSION SERVICES

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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ENCOMPASS IS EXPANDING ITS REACH AND CAPABILITIES WITH LTN’S MANAGED IP NETWORK

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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ENCOMPASS ANNOUNCES DEMONSTRATION OF INNOVATIVE PLAYOUT DISASTER RECOVERY SOLUTION AT NAB 2014

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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