FileCatalyst Powers Digital-File Delivery for Major Sports Events

The Sports Video Group is pleased to welcome FileCatalyst as a premier sponsor. Located in Ottawa, ON, FileCatalyst offers an Emmy Award-winning accelerated file-transfer solution. The company has more than 1,000 customers in media and entertainment, events, energy and mining, gaming, and printing, including many Fortune 500 companies as well as military and government organizations.

FC LogoFounded in 2000, FileCatalyst is a software platform designed to accelerate and manage file transfers securely and reliably. It is immune to the effects that latency and packet loss have on traditional file-transfer methods, such as FTP, HTTP, and CIFS. Global organizations use FileCatalyst to solve issues related to file transfer, including content distribution, file sharing, and offsite backups.

FileCatalyst has been deployed at such sports events as the 2014 Sochi Olympics (for which it won an Emmy Award with NBC), World Cup of Soccer, US Open tennis, Kentucky Derby, Sunday Night Football, Formula One Racing, and Super Bowl XLIX. It will be used at the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics to provide digital-file delivery for NBC Sports Group’s production. During the Games, NBC Olympics will deploy FileCatalyst technology to move data over a 5-Gbps link between its headquarters in Stamford, CT, and its compound within the International Broadcast Center in Rio de Janeiro, as well as between many other interconnected sites and event venues.

“As our reputation continues to grow in the live-sports market in terms of both our technology/feature set and our ability to deliver on the largest projects, we felt that the Sports Video Group’s mission to advance the creation, production, and distribution of sports content was in step with our growth strategy,” says Chris Bailey, CEO/co-founder, FileCatalyst. “We are looking forward to working with SVG and leveraging their marketing opportunities, as well as gaining exposure with their incredible membership.”

With today’s consumer demanding real-time coverage of events, broadcasters require solutions that allow teams to work in geographically dispersed locations, while still being able to edit and log in close to real time on growing files. Most video-editing tools allow users to edit growing files, which means that producers can make edits and create highlights and special features, in close to real time. To enable editors to work on growing files and deliver live content, files need to be transferred as quickly as possible as the media is ingested. FileCatalyst allows this type of content to be transferred effortlessly, powering some of the world’s most complex sports-production workflows.

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