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BT Sports enlists Arris for encoding, distribution

UK telco BT is working with video and broadband technology company Arris to power the distribution of BT TV and BT Sport.

BT is using an Arris-engineered IPTV headend, located in the BT Tower in London, which includes encoders and an application platform to deliver video in standard and high definition.

Announcing the deployment for the first time today, David Mason, BT’s head of delivery – TV service platforms – said: “The reliability of Arris technology, expertise and collaboration gives us the confidence that we have a leading delivery platform that is providing our customers with an excellent viewing experience.”

BT Sport launched on August 1 in the UK and Ireland and is now available in some four million homes. The three-channel line-up comprises BT Sport 1 & 2 and ESPN, which can be accessed on a set-top box, online or via an app.