IBM has announced that Afrostream, provider of a niche video streaming service featuring African and African-American content, has deployed solutions from Aspera, an IBM company to speed content delivery to its cloud-based VoD platform. The solution unlocks the benefits of the IBM Cloud, streamlining Afrostream’s data-intensive workflow beginning with media uploads from studios and content providers through final distribution of African movies and TV shows for streaming by fans across the world.
With offices in the US and France, Afrostream hosts an extensive content library that is currently available to millions of fans in France, Belgium, Switzerland and the Sub-Saharan regions of Senegal and Ivory Coast; additionally, the company has secured rights for many other African countries to bolster its growth in the African VoD space.
To gather quality entertainment for its customer base, Afrostream signed content deals with major studios and independent American, African and British distributors, which submit terabytes of digital content via Aspera to the company’s data centre every day.
The French startup was able to take advantage of the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program to launch their business on IBM Cloud. The IBM Global Program helps startups and entrepreneurs harness the power of IBM Cloud, as well as deeply connect and embed them into IBM’s vast global network of enterprise clients, consultants, Innovation Centers and more to rapidly build innovations, scale quickly and accelerate growth.