NEW YORK -- Nov. 28, 2007 -- FRANCE 24, a French 24-hour cable news network, has selected the Genesis Networks fiber infrastructure to provide a permanent video link between FRANCE 24‘s U.S. news bureau at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the channel‘s Paris headquarters for broadcast of North American news content to the European viewing audience. In addition, Genesis Networks is facilitating occasional-use transmissions of live news shots from Jerusalem and New York. The links provide FRANCE 24 with a turnkey and highly dependable solution for its U.S. coverage, and enable Genesis Networks to further extend its presence among the European broadcasting community.
From the NYSE, the FRANCE 24 bureau is connected to the Genesis Networks point of presence (POP) in New York for seamless delivery of news content to the FRANCE 24 headquarters. In addition to the video link, the agreement with Genesis Networks includes all required video and audio transmission hardware in New York and Paris, standards conversion from NTSC to PAL at the NYSE, and 24/7 monitoring and technical support via Genesis‘ network operations center.
In addition, Genesis Networks provides a fiber link from JCS, a major Jerusalem-based production house, to the FRANCE 24 headquarters for delivery of occasional live feeds covering news of the Middle East. Genesis Networks also provides an occasional-use link for live studio shots originating from a production house in New York.
“As we continue to extend our news coverage to broader regions around the globe, it is essential that we partner with service providers that can guarantee the highest levels of quality at an affordable price,” said Frédéric Brochard, director of technology for FRANCE 24. “We chose Genesis Networks for its technology excellence and its track record of reliability.”
“FRANCE 24 is setting the standard for European news organizations in its objective to provide global, continuous coverage from all parts of the world, and we‘re pleased to help enable that mission,” said Paul Dujardin, president and CEO of Genesis Networks.
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About FRANCE 24
FRANCE 24 is the first French international news channel to broadcast on a 24/7 basis. Launched in December 2006, it provides a French perspective on world events. FRANCE 24 offers an in-depth analysis of current events, aiming to uncover what lies beneath the surface and reveal what the public is not used to seeing, knowing, or understanding. It also gives special attention to culture and lifestyle. FRANCE 24‘s programs are broadcast on French and English channels, with Arabic- and Spanish-speaking channels coming soon. Initially, it is broadcast in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the cities of New York and Washington D.C. Its coverage will ultimately extend worldwide. FRANCE 24 brings a fresh new look to international developments, with a view to ensuring greater pluralism in a multi-faceted world where information plays a decisive role. To this end, it has been endowed with the necessary resources -- both financial and human -- to guarantee its editorial independence and enable it to offer new and original reporting. For more information, visit www.france24.com.
About Genesis Networks
Genesis Networks provides broadcasters, cable networks, production companies, and corporations with high-quality customized global video transmission services that are reliable, flexible, and affordable. The Genesis Networks‘ platform is a next-generation, IP-based fiber and satellite video network with cutting-edge switching and compression technologies. With more than 100 locations worldwide and growing, many organizations can now take advantage of Genesis Networks‘ services. The company‘s network operations center in New York City maintains the health and standards of the global network while the Genesis Networks proprietary software system, IRIS, allows clients to have remote, real-time network monitoring, scheduling, and control capabilities. Additional information on Genesis Networks and its innovative products is available at www.gen-networks.com.