Sky-Stream launches new IP-TV streaming service based on iDirect’s VSAT platform

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, February 08 - 2011 @ 10:13

Sky-Stream’s IP-TV service provides on-demand, high-quality streaming for movies as well as news and sports shows offered through Apple TV. The new offering is an expansion of Sky-Stream’s standard Voice over IP (VoIP) and Internet service that it provides to military and civil defense customers in Iraq, Afghanistan and parts of Africa. With the launch of its recreational service, Sky-Stream hopes to acquire new customers in the maritime and oil and gas sectors in the Middle East. These customers will be able to access the service from any location, no matter how isolated.

The new service is powered by iDirect’s satellite platform, providing built-in TCP acceleration on an IP-based system that allows Sky-Stream to offer high download speeds to customers for immediate access to the programs they want. During development, Sky-Stream tested other satellite platforms and found average download times to be unacceptably slow — taking customers over an hour to download a full-length movie. With iDirect’s TDMA platform, Sky-Stream is able to overcome latency and other link reliability issues to reduce typical movie download times to as few as five minutes.

“In developing a TV-streaming service for the Middle East, it was critical that we were able to reach any location and provide on-demand access to a variety of bandwidth-intensive content at broadband speeds. Delivering the service over satellite solved the first requirement, but not necessarily the second. iDirect’s platform offers us what other satellite platforms couldn’t — high-quality, high-speed downloads that meet our customers’ expectations,” said Riyadh Al ADELY, General Manager, Sky-Stream.

“Many service providers like Sky-Stream are expanding services to address growing customer demand to support next-generation, bandwidth-hungry applications. By providing iDirect-based IP-TV service in the Middle East, Sky-Stream is enabling maritime, defense, and oil and gas customers to access premium TV and movie content from anywhere they operate,” said Majdi ATOUT, Director of Sales – Middle East, iDirect.

Visit the iDirect stand S-F11 in Arena Hall during the 2011 CABSAT MENA show in Dubai to see a live demo of Sky-Stream’s Apple TV service.

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