Discovery Networks Germany extends its contract with MX1 and ASTRA for content management, playout and distribution

MX1, the global media service provider, is delighted to announce that Munich-based Discovery Networks Germany has extended its existing contracts for content management and playout of five channels. The contract covers the broadcasting of DMAX, TLC, Eurosport 1 and DMAX Austria in SD, and DMAX, TLC and Eurosport 1 in HD via ASTRA satellite 19.2 degrees East; a parallel solution that is an ideal fit for the German market and allows the broadcaster maximum reach.

Meanwhile, Discovery Networks Germany uses the innovative media service platform MX1 360 for content management and playout. Its deep integration into the broadcaster’s systems allows for the management of pre-broadcast features such as planning commercial breaks from a single interface.

Christoph Mühleib, heading MX1 and ASTRA services sales in DACH: “We are very happy that Discovery Networks Germany relies on us as their preferred partner for services and distribution and has chosen to extend their contracts for SD and HD on a longer-term basis and can count on the parallel broadcasting of their channels in HD and SD at least until 2021. Considering the current reception situation in German households this, for sure, is the best way to optimise the technical reach in the best possible way.”

Omar Asmar, Director Media Operations Discovery Networks Deutschland: “On the one hand we rely on optimized workflows, on the other hand we want to reach as many people as possible with our varied contents. Thus, MX1 and ASTRA are, very clearly, our ideal partners. The service platform MX1 360 is seamlessly integrated into our processes and systems, so that we can represent all stages of broadcasting preparation – such as evaluating youth protection or planning commercial breaks – in one interface. Furthermore, the broadcasting via ASTRA satellite 19.2 degrees East in SD and HD provides maximum reach for our channels. Hence, we are looking forward to a continuing successful collaboration in the years ahead.” 

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MX1, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), is a global leading media services provider. The world’s first media globalizer works with leading media businesses to transform content into the ultimate viewer experience for a global audience. With more entertainment, more innovation and more impact, MX1 offers a full range of content management, delivery and value-added digital media services. Every day, MX1 distributes more than 2,500 TV channels, manages the playout of over 500 channels, delivers syndicated content to more than 120 leading subscription VOD platforms, delivers over 8,000 hours of online video streaming and delivers more than 500 hours of premium sports and live events. The new company has 16 offices worldwide and operates six global state-of-the-art media centres, enabling customers to reach billions of people around the world.

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