Arqiva is providing fibre connectivity and uplinking for Rush HD, a new extreme sports channel on Sky.

The signal for the 15Mb Mpeg-4 1080i format HD channel is sent via fibre from Rainbow Network Communications in New York to Arqiva's teleport facilities in Chalfont Grove.

From there the feed is multiplexed and uplinked onto Arqiva's Eurobird satellite capacity for broadcast on the Sky platform.

Rush HD, part of the Voom HD Network, is on air 24 hours a day and broadcasts extreme sports programming. It launched on 7 April.

Voom HD Networks has 15 dedicated channels in the United States and a global Voom HD channel.

Rush HD is the second Voom brand to get international distribution. The company plans further expansion throughout Europe.

John Bozza, director of sales at Arqiva's Satellite Media Solutions division, said: “We are pleased to support the penetration of Voom HD Networks' channel brands into Europe.

“HD TV is a significant investment for both broadcasters and service providers but it is a high-profile growth-market to which the content of Rush HD is perfectly matched.”

Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions provides playout and distribution, occasional video and Data, television facilities, outside broadcasts, digital media networks and international connectivity.