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Ericsson signs Channel 5 playout deal

Ericsson has signed a broadcast and media services deal with UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5. The multi-year deal includes playout, media management, metadata, access services and disaster recovery services.

Ericsson will provide these services for Viacom-owned Channel 5’s portfolio of terrestrial and digital channels, including Channel 5, 5*, Spike and 5USA, as well as for its catch up offerings, including Channel 5+1 and Channel 5+24.

Ericsson will also deliver media management services for the broadcaster’s VoD platform. All services will commence in May 2016.

Channel 5 chief operating officer Paul Dunthorne said: “Ericsson showed a clear understanding of our complex playout requirements, including the extra demands of live and fast-turnaround shows, such as Big Brother, which are a crucial part of our schedule. And they promise to offer us the robust and flexible support we need as we continue to roll out our highly popular Demand 5 player, which is already available across more than 25 different video-on-demand platforms in the UK. We look forward to working with them over the coming years.”

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