Global Crossing Aims for Media Market
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Leading digital satellite television service provider DIRECTV Inc. Wednesday contracted with fiber giant Global Crossing Ltd. for an OC-3 connection to provide broadband connectivity between its broadcast centers in Los Angeles and Castle Rock, Colo.
The deal portends a greater role for Global Crossing in the media and entertainment sector, a market it is vigorously courting as a prime buyer of services on its extensive fiber optic network.
DIRECTV, a unit of Hughes Electronics Corp. which in turn is a unit of General Motors Corp., will use the connection to transmit data, support a variety of rich media real-time applications, and enable high-capacity, highly scalable video transmission between the broadcast centers.
Global Crossing said the deal is a first step toward making DIRECTV an anchor tenant of the Global Crossing Media & Entertainment global extranet.
The company views its Media & Entertainment Markets extranet as the world's most advanced communications platform dedicated to the media and entertainment industries. Global Crossing plans to complete the development of the extranet -- designed to optimize the latest applications for film production, television broadcast, and digital asset management -- in 2001.
"The extranet will connect geographically dispersed media facilities via the broadband exchange of TV-quality video, CD-quality audio, live event broadcasting, feature films and commercial production and on-demand applications," the company said.