Ascent Media, CBS and Warner Bros. Entertainment Create Nextgen Syndication Distribution Platform
SANTA MONICA, Calif. –Ascent Media Group, CBS and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced the creation of a new platform designed to provide a cost-effective, optimized and streamlined platform for broadcast syndicated programming for North American broadcast stations.
The new platform builds on an established relationship between Ascent Media and Warner Bros. digital content distribution arm - Global Digital Media Xchange (GDMX). Since 2004, Ascent Media and GDMX have worked together to deliver syndication services to a variety of clients in the U.S. CBS will join Ascent and Warner Bros. to distribute CBS’s syndication programming via the new platform.
The new platform will provide the capital investment and technology upgrades to create a cost-effective delivery solution which streamlines transmission of both HD and SD programming, significantly improving upon current technologies that require two streams to achieve the same goal. Combined with better compression techniques, additional storage capacity and optimized transmission technologies, the new platform hopes to provide many benefits to syndicators and stations at a critical time in the adoption of HD.
The service footprint will include a guaranteed minimum of 800 stations, including top 100 domestic markets, as a result of Warner Bros. and CBS both delivering their syndicated content over the network. The new service is expected to launch later this year.
“Broadcast stations need a simple solution for receiving both HD and SD programming, and syndicators require a cost-effective solution for getting their syndicated content to the largest number of stations. This new platform leverages the strengths of Ascent Media and Warner Bros. to meet those needs,” said Jose Royo, CEO of Ascent Media Group. “Warner Bros. is a leader in syndicated HD programming and has been instrumental in designing the platform and incorporating feedback from stations. We are excited about the potential of this new platform to enable rapid innovation and address the content management challenges of distribution of syndicated content.”
“This platform reflects the collective desire of Ascent Media and Warner Bros. to bring greater efficiency to the distribution process while providing improved High Definition delivery service to our collective affiliates and clients" said Darcy Antonellis, President, Warner Bros. Technical Operations. “We are excited to launch this new platform, to continue our work with Ascent Media.”
About Ascent Media Group:
Santa Monica, California-based Ascent Media Group, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ascent Media Corporation (Nasdaq: ASCMA), which provides creative and technical services to the media and entertainment industries. Through more than 40 facilities in regions of Southern California, New York, Atlanta, London and Singapore, Ascent Media provides effective solutions for the creation, management and distribution of content to major motion picture studios, independent producers, broadcast networks, cable channels, advertising agencies and other companies that produce, own and/or distribute entertainment, news, sports, corporate, educational, industrial and advertising content.
About CBS Corporation:
CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company with constituent parts that reach back to the beginnings of the broadcast industry, as well as newer businesses that operate on the leading edge of the media industry. The company, through its many and varied operations, combines broad reach with well-positioned local businesses, all of which provide it with an extensive distribution network by which it serves audiences and advertisers in all 50 states and key international markets. It has operations in virtually every field of media and entertainment, including broadcast television (CBS and The CW – a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), cable television (Showtime Networks and CBS College Sports Network), local television (CBS Television Stations), television production and syndication (CBS Paramount Network Television and CBS Television Distribution), radio (CBS Radio), advertising on out-of-home media (CBS Outdoor), publishing (Simon & Schuster), interactive media (CBS Interactive), music (CBS Records), licensing and merchandising (CBS Consumer Products), video/DVD (CBS Home Entertainment), in-store media (CBS Outernet) and motion pictures (CBS Films). For more information, log on to www.cbscorporation.com.
About Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.:
Warner Bros. Entertainment – a fully integrated, broad-based entertainment company – is a global leader in the creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of all forms of creative content and their related businesses, across all current and emerging media and platforms. The company stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, TV and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.
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