Leading sports entertainment platform DAZN has signed a multi-year contract with Italian video service provider, EI Towers, to complement their content distribution to homes across Italy via the HOTBIRD satellites from Eutelsat Communications. DAZN will be distributing two HD channels, one full-time channel and one events-based channel, via Italy’s free satellite TV package, Tivùsat, at 13° East.
Tivùsat currently broadcasts over 180 TV and radio channels to around six million viewers. From September 2023, homes equipped to receive Tivùsat can subscribe to ZONA DAZN and watch seven exclusive Serie A TIM football matches, LaLiga EA sports as well as a wide range of live and on-demand content from DAZN.
HOTBIRD is the reference video neighbourhood for Direct-to-Home broadcasting in Italy, reaching millions of TV homes. Satellite distribution is the most reliable infrastructure to guarantee the delivery of HD quality content to all homes, no matter where they are located. Complementing DAZN’s sports streaming service in well-fibred areas, satellite’s ubiquitous signal is essential for delivering live premium events to all audiences across the country.
EI Towers is the leading Italian infrastructure operator managing the majority of the country’s national and regional digital terrestrial (DTT) networks. They are also the infrastructure partner of all private FM/DAB radio networks and the Italian Soccer Lega Serie A’s international broadcasting centre, IBC Lissone. Providing integrated and customized solutions to all content providers, for distribution on all platforms in addition to DTT, the current agreement covers the transportation of the channel feeds from DAZN’s playout to EI Towers’ main Head-End and Broadcast Centre, encoding, encryption, multiplexing, and uplink on the HOTBIRD satellites.
Stefano Azzi, CEO of DAZN Italia, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership and emphasized the importance of satellite delivery in reaching new audiences and ensuring consistent delivery of HD quality content to all homes.