Globelynx delivers its first HD broadcast for Sky News in collaboration with Colt


Globelynx, the fixed camera network company, today announced it has successfully delivered its first High Definition TV broadcast in collaboration with Colt, Europe’s leading information delivery platform. Globelynx and Colt provided Sky News with a live HD feed live from the trading floor at spread betting and CFD* provider, CMC Markets’ offices in the City of London, allowing its presenter to deliver hourly live reports throughout the market day for a special feature on the City.

A permanent Colt link connects CMC Markets to Globelynx’s master control switch using uncompressed, high capacity 1.5GB broadcast circuits over its London metro network. This solution is specially designed to transmit HD content, which requires a five-fold increase in bandwidth compared to standard definition content, as well as low latency and jitter to deliver the crisp HD images.

Sky News has been at the forefront of delivering news in HD and launched its own service in HD in May 2010, on the night of the UK General Election.

With its fixed camera network, Globelynx enables real-time live TV interviews direct from the business and financial sectors without the expense of satellite truck deployment or travel by interviewees to studios. To meet the new demand for news in HD, Globelynx is now upgrading some of its camera sites and plug in facilities which are located at the offices of leading banks and other businesses across London. During 2010, Globelynx has expanded into Holland and soon France using connectivity from Colt.

David FitzGerald, Globelynx CEO said, ”Our close working relationship with Colt has allowed us to respond promptly to the demand from our camera-using customers and from Sky News for full broadcast quality HD feeds of live business news and analysis. We are delighted with the on air results.”

Terry Quigley, head of Industry Practices at Colt added, “HD TV demands a real step-change in bandwidth from standard definition and we are delighted to be supporting Globelynx on its first live HD deployment. We are seeing increasing demand for HD information delivery from across the broadcast sector.”

*”Contracts for difference” (CFDs), like spread bets, are an accessible way to trade on the prices of financial instruments such as shares, indices and commodities. For more information, see CMC Markets’ website: www.cmcmarkets.co.uk

About Colt in the media sector

Colt meets the communications, data and information technology needs of hundreds of media organisations across Europe including Europe’s top ten broadcasters. Its services range from providing contribution and distribution networks to storing video content for broadcasters and providing a complete information delivery platform for advertisers and publishers. Colt’s own fibre network connects more than a thousand media locations across Europe, giving the industry fast access to highly reliable connectivity and IT solutions.

About Colt

Colt is Europe’s leading information delivery platform, enabling its customers to share, process and store their vital business information. Colt is an established leader in delivering business voice, data and IT managed services to major and mid-sized businesses and wholesale customers. Colt operates a 13-country, 25,000km network which includes metropolitan area networks in 34 major European cities, with direct fibre connections into 16,000 buildings and 19 Colt data centres. Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (Colt). Information about Colt and its services can be found at www.colt.net.

About Globelynx

Founded in 2001, the Globelynx Network provides a self-operated "TVready" solution for companies wanting their key executives and expert analysts interviewed live on UK and global television networks, directly from their offices. Globelynx carries around 400 live TV interviews each month featuring executives from a wide range of leading companies including BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Thomson Reuters, The Telegraph, Nomura, Schroders, Daiwa, Rabobank and HSBC. The privately-owned Globelynx Network accounts for 80% of all in-office broadcasting systems in London and is supported by a 24/7 manned MCR and an on line booking system. Recommended by major UK and international business news broadcasters including the BBC, CNN, Sky, ABC, CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, Fox News and Al Jazeera, Globelynx has recently expanded into Holland and soon France. For more information please visit www.globelynx.com.

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