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09/01/2004

The Horror Channel choose Kingston inmedia for playout provision

The Horror Channel on BSkyB has chosen Kingston inmedia to provide a fully-managed playout and satellite linking system and as satellite space segment provider.
The exclusive transmission deal follows intense competition and keeps The Horror Channel's launch plans on track for the end of March 2004.
The broadcast satellite services leader has worked with The Horror Channel's MD Tony Hazell to design the most efficient solution for the new channel. By using Kingston's 'one-stop' DTH broadcast facility, The Horror Channel can leave the ingest and playout of the new channel, as well as satellite services, in the hands of just one supplier. They are the latest of more than 30 BSkyB channels to select Kingston inmedia as transmission partner.
"Kingston inmedia is the ideal broadcast service provider for The Horror Channel," said Hazell. "It has the expertise to allow us to deliver dedicated quality horror programming to fans for the first time. By consolidating all our requirements with Kingston, we don't have the hassle of dealing with multiple suppliers and can free up time that's better placed elsewhere at this crucial stage of the channel's development."
The Horror Channel will supply schedules to Kingston electronically. Kingston will then ingest the content onto disk for playback according to the schedules. Kingston will also provide 'as-run' logs suitable for BARB analysis. The 24/7 fully managed playout centre will enable the Horror Channel to extend broadcast time beyond 6pm-6am to 24 hours a day.
Kingston inmedia's Director of Sales for Broadcast Services, Matthew Ivey, added: "The Horror Channel is an exciting project for us and further confirms us as the broadcast services supplier of choice for many channel operators who rely on us to take them onto the Sky Digital platform. Our services are helping to fill gaps in the market for channels like The Horror Channel, reducing costs and taking them on air quickly.
The Horror Channel is the UK's first channel dedicated to horror movies, television series and the people who make them. Available through BSkyB as free-to-air from early 2004, the channel will broadcast daily between 6pm and 6am.
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