IBM has announced today that Aspera, an IBM company, together with EVS, a provider of broadcast and media production systems, and Elemental, the supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, deployed the first large-scale system for high-resolution live video streaming via the cloud to enable viewers to watch live HD media and sporting events from their connected devices.
Demand for coverage of international sporting events continues to increase, with more and more viewers turning to the Internet for live match streaming. The challenge for many broadcasters is the ability to quickly transfer and distribute match content across smartphones, tablets, laptops and connected TVs. To support this growing online fan base, EVS integrated Aspera FASP high-speed transfer and Elemental video processing technologies to create a revolutionary cloud-based content delivery workflow that scales to stream the world’s most watched sporting events to a global fan base.
The collaboration resulted in a unique end-to-end production system that is capable of near-live distribution of live action sporting events to streaming networks. This provides regional broadcasters with access to all live camera feeds directly from sporting venues rather than from a single central live stream feed, giving them far greater speed and flexibility in the content they distribute.
“On the world’s biggest stages, Aspera’s high-speed file transfer technology helps to push the boundaries of content streaming to sports fans worldwide,” said Michelle Munson, CEO of Aspera. “The close collaboration with EVS and Elemental gives sports broadcasters and content delivery networks the freedom to reimagine how to broadcast events in radically new ways. This is only the beginning.”