FOXTEL Selects Aspera To Power New Broadcast-Supply Chain

Aspera Inc. has been selected by Australian cable, satellite, and IPTV service provider FOXTEL to power its new contribution file-delivery and workflow-management system. A suite of Aspera’s next-generation file-transport technologies will automate ingest, management, and reporting of content across FOXTEL’s broadcast chain while cutting overall operating costs and improving employee productivity.

Key to FOXTEL’s decision to choose Aspera was the strength of its workflow-management platform, which will streamline the process of preparing programming content for distribution over its cable and satellite networks. The subscription-television provider serves up content from 200 channels to over 1.6 million homes. The Aspera Orchestrator will enable FOXTEL to integrate third-party applications — such as encoding, transcoding, watermarking, and content verification — to the file-transfer process. Folding content-preparation steps into the file-transfer process will boost overall performance of FOXTEL’s broadcast-supply chain.

Said Adam Scott, director of broadcast operations at FOXTEL, “Standardizing on Aspera is a smart move, given the advanced reporting capabilities that are mandatory for our business and the need to quickly exchange data with other media and production companies. Virtually every major media and entertainment studio and broadcaster in the world uses Aspera, so it makes sending and receiving content routine.”

FOXTEL is deploying a suite of Aspera software products — Aspera Enterprise Server, Aspera Point-to-Point, Aspera Console, and Aspera Orchestrator — that will work in tandem to distribute and manage digital-media assets across its broadcast-supply chain.

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