Products & Services
Satellite Information Services (Holdings) Ltd (SIS)
- The provision of satellite news-gathering and associated transmission services through its market leading SIS LIVE division, which now accounts for the major contribution to its continuing profitability (Uplink Services);
- The provision of outside broadcast television production units, including sound, support and communication (Outside Broadcast);
- The provision of television production services for other broadcasters (Other Services); and
- The long established business providing integrated TV and information services delivered via satellite to licensed betting offices in the UK, Ireland and overseas (Racing Services).
SIS provides its services to almost every betting outlet in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as in Europe, the Caribbean and Sri Lanka, providing and distributing live coverage of horseracing and greyhound racing. SIS also produces the “At The Races” channel on the Sky Satellite platform.
The SIS Group has continued to strengthen its position and is delivering not only its own televised services, but also those of its UK competitor, Turf TV, into more than 75% of the UK market. The SIS Group intends to stay ahead of the competition by offering visual and data services that are of the highest quality and competitively priced.
On 22 July 2009 it was announced that SIS had signed a long term agreement with Arena Leisure plc (“Arena”), the UK’s leading operator of horseracing fixtures, which owns and operates seven racecourses in the UK. The rights agreement ensures that SIS will continue to provide horseracing images from Doncaster, Royal Windsor, Folkestone, Lingfield Park, Southwell, Wolverhampton and Worcester until the end of 2016 in its services to licensed betting offices. The tracks include all weather and floodlit courses that ensure racing is available to bookmakers all year round and during the increasingly important evening trading period.
Furthermore SIS has signed a long term agreement with Northern Racing Ltd an operator of ten racecourses in the UK including Chepstow and Fontwell Park. The agreement now runs to 2017.
The SIS Group acquired the BBC Outside broadcast business for £21m from the British Broadcasting Corporation (“BBC”) on 1 April 2008. SIS LIVE is now one of the most experienced television, production and outside broadcast service providers in Europe. With a fleet of over 110 uplinks covering the spectrum of state-of-the-art uplink trucks, its proprietary automated Upod technology and its rapidly deployed, dismountable Drive Fly kits, it is now the largest provider of transportable satellite uplink services in the world, servicing clients including television news broadcasters and sports event organisers. It covers 100,000 hours of live events worldwide each year, including Formula One, The Wimbledon Championships, UEFA Champions League football and European Tour Golf and delivers approximately 80% of live news feeds across the UK.
In 2008 it announced an alliance in the United States with Intelstat, the leading supplier of commercial satellite services to market its Upod products in the United States market.
Further details of SIS can be found at : www.sis.tv
SIS company news: www.sis.tv/news/
SIS divisional websites http://sportsdata.sis.tv/ and www.sislink.co.uk