Encompass Digital Media has entered into a long-term service agreement with Viasat World to provide broadcast services, including playout, media management, video-on-demand (VOD) and streaming services.

The services, which will support Viasat World’s portfolio of channels and on-demand services spanning over 50 countries, will be hosted out of Encompass’ new facility located in Riga, Latvia.

“We believe this new arrangement will provide our growing business with high quality services and operational stability over the next few years, enabling us to bring our audiences some of the world’s greatest content across linear and nonlinear platforms,” said Irina Gofman, Viasat World CEO and president.

Encompass will provide managed services to Viasat World’s 27 pay TV channels, including Viasat Sport, Viasat History, Viasat Nature and Viasat Explore, as well as the TV1000 branded movie channels consisting of seven distinct brands: TV1000, TV1000Action, TV1000 Russian Kino, TV1000 Comedy, TV1000 Premium, TV1000 Megahit and the recently launched TV1000 World Kino.

In addition to distributing full-time playout, Encompass also will provide Viasat World with media management processing and the delivery of thousands of linear and VOD assets each year to multiple Eastern European platforms as well as streaming content for North American distribution.

“Encompass is excited to provide a full-service wrap to Viasat World delivering high value content in multiple formats, across both traditional and digital platforms,” said Marc Bruce, Encompass SVP of commercial for EMEA. “With the new Encompass facility in Riga complementing our new London hub, we are able to seamlessly deliver Viasat World’s premium content in 17 different languages to over 50 countries.” – Rapid TV News