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May 15, 2012

Showtime Networks Awards Seven-Year Contract Renewal to Globecomm Systems

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Showtime Networks Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, has awarded Globecomm Systems (News - Alert) a seven-year contract renewal.

Officials with Globecomm Systems said that as part of the agreement, the company will continue providing Showtime Networks with a managed services solution that supports the origination and broadcasting of over 40 channels.

These include standard definition, high definition, MPEG 2 and MPEG 4, and video on demand via satellite and terrestrial means.

 “This seven-year contract renewal with Globecomm recognizes their superior performance, high on air availability and technical proficiency,” said Tim DeLaney, senior vice president of network operations at Showtime Networks Inc., in a statement.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue offering our managed media services to one of the industry’s premier content providers,” said Andy Silberstein, senior vice president and general manager of Globecomm Services.

TMCnet recently reported that Globecomm Systems Inc., a global provider of satellite-based managed network solutions and a Cisco (News - Alert) Service Provider Video Technology Partner, has received a contract worth $3.5 million to deliver an enhanced communications distribution infrastructure for the Navy’s newest nuclear supercarrier, Gerald R. Ford.

Globecomm Systems and Cisco team will design a multi-functional, satellite-based entertainment system for the first of the new Ford-class supercarrier, and document the architecture for publication to potential customers illustrating the enticing business case of enhanced services and the potential for OPEX (News - Alert) reductions.

The new enhanced SITE TV, the first IP video system for the U.S. Navy fleet, will offer tremendous cost savings, enhanced quality, scalability and flexibility to add new capabilities and services in the future.

The system, as well as the ship’s video surveillance capabilities, will be supported by a 10G Cisco backbone. With this, sailors will be provided access to live streaming media options, multimedia programming access while at sea, as well as pier-side cable services.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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