Cayman Islands' WestStar TV Selects Broadcast International compression for OTT service

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 

New service opens opportunities for smaller markets

SALT LAKE CITY — Broadcast International (BCST.OB), a leading provider of video-powered broadcast solutions, including IP, digital satellite, Internet streaming and other types of wired/wireless network distribution, was selected to provide the framework for WestStar TV’s new Over-the-Top (OTT) service via the Company’s CodecSys patented multi-codec compression software. The announcement was made today by Steve Jones, vice president and general manager of the CodecSys Division, from headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Broadcast International is pleased to support a sophisticated OTT service in a less populated region,” stated Jones. “Our CodecSys solution enables WestStar’s subscribers to not only receive local content on their mobile devices, but connect with entertainment and informative programming from the far reaches of the globe – all on their own schedule. Access to OTT opens a whole new world to the smaller markets.”

Located in the capital city of George Town on Grand Cayman, WestStar TV is the digital cable television service operating in the Cayman Islands. The organization was first established in 1993 with two broadcast stations, CITN & CTS and has since added the tourist information channel Discover Cayman and operates local broadcast station Channel 27. Cayman 27 produces high-quality local news, sports, weather, and cultural programming, while WestStar brings the world to Cayman with a wide selection of entertainment, news, information, children’s and sports packages.

Broadcast International will provide a comprehensive solution that includes CodecSys encoding and transcoding, as well as content management and development, integration services, and web site development. The new service will permit subscribers to access a variety of programming as well as the local channels on mobile devices and PCs, and includes a Network Personal Video Recorder (NPVR) that allows content to be recorded and recalled at any time for up to two weeks.

According to WestStar TV Vice President, Jeremy Elmas, “This partnership allows us to offer our customers even more ways to access quality news, sports and entertainment in their time, on their terms. We are extremely excited to make this announcement as we launch our internet service and continue building out our state-of-the-art fibre to the home network.”