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June 21, 2012

Azzurro HD Leverages Lightower's New Ultimate Media Platform for Fiber-Based Video Services



By Ashok Bindra
TMCnet Contributor



Broadcast-quality video transmission services provider, Azzurro HD, is leveraging Northeast metro fiber and bandwidth provider Lightower Fiber Networks’ new Ultimate Media Platform to power Azzurro’s (News - Alert) all digital switching and transport solutions for uncompressed HD video.

According to Azzurro, Lightower’s new Ultimate Media Platform provides best-in-class, fiber-based video transport services at over 30 venues, broadcast centers and video distribution facilities throughout the New York City and New Jersey area. 

The New York-based video transmission services provider said the Ultimate Media Platform supports a variety of compressed or uncompressed video formats including ASI, SDI, HD/SDI and JPEG2000. The platform also offers protect path options and 24/7 service monitoring, year-round, from Lightower’s geographically diverse Network Operation Centers. 

Azzurro will apply the Lightower platform throughout the New York City and New Jersey area for current and future video customers.

“Lightower is pleased to announce Azzurro as a new customer on our Ultimate Media Platform,” said Rob Shanahan, president and CEO at Lightower. “We believe that our platform offers the industry’s best video transport services, with the limitless bandwidth of the Lightower Network combined with complete protection options, constant monitoring, and the breadth of support for different video formats.”

Similarly, Azzurro Group’s president and COO Francis Luperella commented on this partnership, saying that working together will raise the bar considerably from a quality and technical standpoint for video transport at the local video loop level.

In his words, “Lightower has discarded the two cans and a shoestring mentality when it comes to telco-provided local video loops, and has created a video platform that will take both Azzurro and Lightower to the next generation of local video transport. The quality of Lightower’s Ultimate Media Platform, coupled with Azzurro HD’s all digital switching facility, creates the best one-two punch in the business.”

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Edited by Braden Becker
 
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