Helsinki, 23.5.2019, twofour54 and Icareus have agreed a partnership to deliver its trusted broadcast platform Icareus Playout EPG to the new satellite uplink provided by twofour54 and Arabsat. Icareus Playout will be used to manage and distribute EPG data of the local broadcasters that wish to reach millions of viewers through the new satellite services.

Icareus EPG offers a scalable and versatile EPG platform for twofour54 to support multiple broadcasters on Arabsat’s satellite. The EIT information can be automatically ingested from different sources such as live streams, XML and text files. twofour54 will be responsible for the sales, integration and operating of Icareus Playout EPG for Arabsat.

Twofour54 director comments the selection of Icareus EPG:”We have been very happy to work with Icareus in our first common project. We highly valuate their professionality, experience and reactivity in providing the state-of-art EPG -platform tailored to our exact requirements. Icareus versatile datacasting and HbbTV solutions with complementary Video Cloud will give us an excellent roadmap to work with our customers in UAE and MENA regions”.

Icareus’ Director Mr Mikko Karppinen comments: “As the satellite TV sector in MENA is experiencing a rapid change and requiring even higher quality we are very proud to be part of this change, towards a better TV experience. Our Icareus Playout will surely provide a platform on which Arabsat and Twofour54 can rely and build their future services, both linear and hybrid”.

twofour54 and Arab Satellite Telecommunication Organisation (Arabsat) recently launched a new set of satellite TV channels on the Arabsat Badr-4 satellite. The agreement with Arabsat offers twofour54 partners and broadcasters across the region the ability to distribute content to a huge audience directly from the free zone.

twofour54, home to Abu Dhabi’s media and entertainment industry, aims to cultivate Abu Dhabi’s media free zone and provide products and services to attract local, regional and international media businesses to the Emirate. Tasked with enabling a new generation of creative leaders and building Abu Dhabi as the Middle East’s leading hub for content creation, twofour54 provides world-class production facilities, talent development initiatives and training, and business support services for media companies. Named after the geographical coordinates of Abu Dhabi, twofour54 is now home to more than 470 media companies – including Sky News Arabia, Image Nation, Ubisoft, CNN, Fox, Flash Entertainment, M&C Saatchi, and Flat6Labs – as well as a bi-lingual freelancer pool and a community of aspiring media talents.
twofour54 is operated under the ownership of Media Zone Authority–Abu Dhabi, a government entity. For more information, visit www.twofour54.com.

Icareus Playout EPG solution offers Trusted Broadcast Technology enjoyed by leading broadcasters and operators globally for over a decade. Icareus Playout EP110 server is a full-scale PSI/SI generator server targeted for operators and broadcasters to manage their DVB multiplexes and channel line-ups. The tested integrations to multiplexes, EPG data providers, network management systems and Icareus Suite enable quick deployment and high reliability. Icareus global reseller and systems integrator partners offer high service levels and peace-of-mind to our customers. Icareus Playout EPG solutions have been deployed in broadcasting production since 2004.
Icareus Playout EPG is part of Icareus Playout broadcast head-end product family, which also includes Icareus CS DSM-CC Carousel servers for HbbTV and other interactive TV standards, Icareus Playout SSU servers for boot-loading the TV devices’ firmware and Icareus Playout Compact Lab solution for research, development and testing TV services. For more information about EPG solution visit: http://www.icareus.com/icareus-playout/#ep

Arab Satellite Telecommunication Organisation (Arabsat) has been serving the growing needs of the Arab world for over 40 years, operating from its headquarter in Riyadh-KSA and two Satellite control stations in Riyadh and Tunis. Arabsat is ne of the world’s top satellite operators and by far the leading satellite services provider in the Arab world, it carries over 500 TV channels, 200 radio stations, pay-tv networks and wide variety of HD channels reaching tens of millions of homes in more than 80 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Europe—including an audience of over 170 million viewers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region alone tuned into Arabsat’s video “hotspot” at 26°E. For more information visit: http://www.arabsat.com/english

For more Information:

Ms Jessica Glad
Marketing
Icareus Ltd
Email: jessica.glad[at]icareus.com
Telephone: +358 (0)9 2289 0801