Encompass Finalizes Acquisition of Ascent Media’s Content Distribution Division

Encompass Digital Media has announced the completion of the purchase of Ascent Media’s global content distribution business. This transaction includes broadcast facilities in the U.S. (including the New York metro area, Minnesota and Burbank), London, and Singapore. Encompass enhances its presence in the global marketplace serving major television networks, cable channels, media companies, corporations, and government entities.

“We have strived to become the leading global service provider for outsourced services; this acquisition is the catalyst to accomplish that goal,” says Simon Bax, CEO of Encompass. “These additional resources allow us to continue to offer our core content aggregation and distribution services on a worldwide basis for existing and future clients.”

With major operations located strategically in the U.S., U.K. and Asia, Encompass offers network origination; centralcasting for TV stations; disaster recovery; satellite and fiber transmissions (full time and occasional use); satellite uplink truck fleet; and digital media manipulation, archive, and distribution services.

“Our broad portfolio of facilities and our expertise enable our clients to cost-effectively capture, manipulate and deliver content in any format to any platform worldwide,” says Bill Tillson, President and COO of Encompass. “Through this acquisition, we deepen our commitment to providing our clients with the highest level of customer care, seamless service delivery and high-quality performance on a global basis.”

Encompass’ client base includes A&E Networks/Lifetime, Sony, NBCU, CBS, Disney/ABC, BBC Worldwide, U.S. Department of Defense, MTV, ESPN, NHL, Discovery Networks, DIRECTV Sports Networks, NFL Network, YES Network, Scripps, Hallmark, Channel Five and TV Guide.