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NewSat Networks breaks through with MPEG-4 level streaming technology for IPTV

  • 30 May, 2006 14:04

<p>NewSat Networks, a division of Multiemedia Limited (ASX: MUL), the Australian-owned and operated satellite communications provider today announced that it has successfully implemented the latest MPEG-4 streaming technology allowing it to carry Australia's first customisable, multicast Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) program that will commence broadcasting into Australia's pubs and clubs next month.</p>
<p>“We worked with current Set-Top-Box (STB) providers to adapt existing terrestrial streaming technology to work over our satellite network. This challenge, now a reality means that we can offer a cost effective solution due to our ability to stream content using the latest MPEG-4 compression at half the bandwidth without a reduction in quality,” said Adrian Ballintine, Founder and CEO Multiemedia / NewSat.</p>
<p>The impact of this advance, developed at NewSat Network's Melbourne headquarters, is a high speed multicast to outlets via satellite at a rate which requires approximately half the bandwidth of current digital broadcast technology delivering huge cost savings.</p>
<p>The benefit of this industry breakthrough is to make satellite distribution even more affordable, so that more IPTV content providers and IPTV entrepreneurs will turn to the advantages of satellite to multicast their programs.</p>
<p>NewSat Networks uses the vast and growing capacity of the world's satellite system to deliver high speed programming, through their Mediaports in Adelaide and Perth. Via satellite, IPTV can be easily transmitted to many sites simultaneously over vast areas, including geographically remote locations.</p>
<p>IPTV is an Internet Protocol (IP) data stream or file that is capable of generating a TV image. For broadcasts, the data stream has historically been compressed using MPEG-2, an established global transmission standard. This new successful implementation will migrate services to the latest MPEG-4 transmission standard. This advance to the higher compression rate only requires half the satellite bandwidth to transmit broadcast quality video.</p>
<p>ETV will be Australia's first IPTV satellite television service when it is broadcast into Australia's pubs and clubs via the WA-based ETV Media network. Initially focusing on Sports bars, Hotels and Motels on the eastern seaboard, it could be available in 500 pubs and clubs around the country before Christmas.</p>
<p>ETV Media Managing Director Mr Gary Allen said “the initial channel will include programming such as high energy action extreme sports, live sporting events, sporting highlights, result updates and a 'programming on demand' facility, exclusively for pubs and clubs.”</p>
<p>“With the capacity to provide a minimum of 20 channels tailored to a variety of formats we can show surfing, motor cross, all types of motor sports, gossip, bloopers or anything that may be in demand in the hospitality environment,” he added.</p>
<p>“We chose to work with NewSat Networks to launch ETV as they had the right combination of the broad reach of satellite transmission through their Mediaports and the in-house technical expertise needed to support our requirements.”</p>
<p>Mr Ballintine said “Our satellite service is a ubiquitous broadcast mechanism. It can deliver content nationwide without the need to establish expensive terrestrial infrastructure.”</p>
<p>In addition to IPTV services, NewSat Networks provides a full range of voice, video and data communications solutions, via satellite through its Mediaports in Adelaide and Perth to Australia, Oceania, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.</p>
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<p>About Multiemedia</p>
<p>Multiemedia Limited (ASX:MUL) is an Australian-owned public company delivering global satellite technology and communication services and digital advertising content through its two business divisions - NewSat Networks and AirWORKS Media. Headquartered in Melbourne, Multiemedia has offices and facilities in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle and Dubai; with satellite Mediaports in Perth and Adelaide</p>
<p>NewSat Networks offers a full range of managed communication services, Telemetry, Tracking and Control (TTC) and carrier monitoring from its Mediaports for commercial and government customers; utilising the latest generation satellite and VSAT technology with two way end-to end communications to Australia / Oceania, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.</p>
<p>AirWORKS Media offers an innovative advertising delivery concept by matching media to the moment of decision, providing tailored media packages and delivering digital advertising content, via satellite to stores and other points of sale.</p>
<p>Media Contacts:</p>
<p>Sally Downs, Multiemedia Marketing &amp; Communications Manager 03-9674-4604
Rob Jolly Impact Corporate Communications 03-9853-7665</p>

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