Tennis Channel Used Octoshape’s Infinite HD-M to Deliver 2012 French Open
Octoshape and America ONE Sports were again chosen by Tennis Channel as the exclusive provider of video streaming services for the prestigious 111th French Open on TennisChannel.Com.
This year the linear video is delivered to consumers via the Octoshape Infinite HD-M Federated Multicast Broadband TV platform. This technology enables the quality, scale and economics of traditional broadcast technologies over the public Internet. Telco and cable operators that are part of the Infinite HD-M Federated network receive the signals via native IP Multicast in a way that allows them to easily manage large volumes of traffic without upgrading their Internet capacity.
America ONE Sports is providing the onsite downlink services with ONE CONNXT, as well as the enhanced multicourt video player experience. The encoded video signals are acquired using the Octoshape Infinite Uplink technologies. The live and on demand stream coverage includes unique Octoshape features such as instant on, DVR functionality and picture-in-picture viewing. The player experience also includes bonus features developed by America ONE Sports, such as live chat and event stats.
“A high quality, interactive experience is priority number one for consumers of Tennis Channel content,” said Robyn Miller, senior vice president, Tennis Channel. “With America ONE Sports and Octoshape we achieve that goal. This year we provide content efficiently allowing broadband providers to fully meet consumer demand.”
Tennis Channel has the most hours of live French Open Coverage of any U.S. television network, approximately 75 hours overall. The network is available in more than 55 million homes during the tournament, the most prestigious annual clay-court event in tennis. For those who do not currently receive Tennis Channel, TennisChannel.com provides a live online stream that allows viewers to watch all the normal coverage for free.
“The French Open coverage by the Tennis Channel is a marquee event to showcase America ONE Sports and ONE CONNXT Transport Services. The quality and viewer experience is exceptional and truly adds a great deal of value to the French Open” said Paul Dingwitz, CTO of ONE MEDIA CORP.
“Supporting the French Open for the Tennis Channel again this year is a testament to our commitment to TV quality video,” said Michael Koehn Milland, CEO of Octoshape. “With our new Infinite HD-M platform, we can now also offer the scale and economics of traditional broadcast TV distribution, over the Internet.”