UKTV extends broadcast services contract with Ericsson

Ericsson has announced an extension of its playout, video on demand (VOD) and access services contracts with UKTV, the biggest multichannel broadcaster in the UK. Ericsson will continue to deliver playout services for UKTV’s award-winning portfolio of 10 channels including: Dave, the UK’s most watched non-public service broadcasting channel; premium entertainment channel W; free-to-air channels Really, Yesterday and Home; and Gold, Alibi, Drama, Eden and Good Food.

Ericsson will also continue to provide media management services for UKTV’s on-demand services including UKTV Play, as well as the delivery of VOD content to other TV platforms and VOD aggregation services such as Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk.

As part of the new multi-year contract, Ericsson will migrate UKTV’s VOD preparation services to Ericsson’s end-to-end Package and Deliver managed service, which is powered by Ericsson’s cloud media processing service platform. Designed as a smart resource engine, the service platform utilizes cloud-based tools to deliver highly resilient, secure and flexible non-linear contribution, archiving and media processing. These services can deliver unparalleled scalability, flexibility and elasticity to broadcasters, TV platforms and content owners, while minimising the upfront costs often associated with traditional on-premise hardware infrastructure.

Ericsson has also extended its access services contract with UKTV, which includes the provision of subtitling and audio description services across UKTV’s portfolio of content.

Sinead Greenaway, director of technology and operations, UKTV, says: “We are delighted to be continuing our long-standing relationship with Ericsson and look forward to working closely with them as we develop new services to harness opportunities offered through IP and cloud-based service provision. The imminent migration to Package and Deliver VOD services is testament to our successful partnership with Ericsson and our shared commitment to innovation.”

Thorsten Sauer, head of broadcast and media services, Ericsson, says: “We are proud that UKTV has chosen to continue working with Ericsson on these critical broadcast services. This is an important contract for Ericsson and underlines our ability to provide world-class broadcast and media services, as well as the quality and expertise of our talented team. We look forward to strengthening our relationship further and helping UKTV to provide their audiences with the very best TV experience anytime, anywhere for years to come.”

Ericsson is one of the leading global providers of broadcast and media services, and has worked with some of the world’s most well-known broadcasters, platforms and content producers, including BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT Sport, ITV, FOX, DreamWorks, Liberty Global, NPO, Canal+, NOS, Bonnier Group, Sky, HBO, TV5 Monde and France 24.

Every year, Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services distributes more than 2.7 million hours of programming in more than 90 languages for more than 500 TV channels worldwide. Ericsson’s global content discovery portfolio spans more than 10 million movies and program titles covering over 35 languages. Globally more than 200 million people interact with Ericsson’s rich metadata each week. In addition, Ericsson provides over 230,000 hours of subtitling each year – more than 100,000 hours of which is live.

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