iStreamPlanet Chooses Interxion’s Content Hub to Host Its Broadcast Operations Centre
As part of the project, iStreamPlanet has also installed a satellite downlink facility, enabling it to not only distribute live content over a wide range of CDNs, but also to acquire broadcast content via both fibre and satellite. iStreamPlanet is also looking to facilitate live, in-game commentary from inside its studios in multiple languages.
The broadcast industry is seeing an unprecedented increase in online viewers for large scale events (the 2011 Royal wedding was reported to have broken the previous online live streaming record of approximately 70 million, which was set during the inauguration of President Barack Obama) . To cope with this growing demand, content providers must be confident that they can match customer expectations for premium content across a variety of channels.
Interxion’s Content Hubs represent the ideal environment for effective aggregation, storage, exchange, management and distribution of premium digital media content. Content owners can obtain direct in-house cross connects to all necessary IP distribution networks for the optimised delivery of their content, including Tier 1 ISPs, Access Network Providers, Internet Exchanges and CDNs.
Khurram Siddiqui, Vice President and GM Europe, iStreamPlanet, said, “We were attracted by Interxion’s commitment to providing the best-of-breed data centre facilities combined with its unique focus on the digital media sector. As a provider of live streaming services, connectivity and reliability are obviously of paramount importance to us. By housing our broadcast operations centre within Interxion, we can take advantage of a wide array of Tier 1 ISPs, CDNs, Carriers and Internet Exchanges as well as its diverse digital community of digital media service providers – all of which allows us to scale our business while delivering the highest quality of live, premium content streaming and an outstanding end user experience.”
Jonathan Wood, Head of Marketing and Business Development Digital, Interxion, said, “This new deal further reflects the growing popularity of our Content Hubs. We can literally put content providers directly on top of all the delivery mechanisms they need to optimise the distribution of their content to millions of eyeballs across Europe. We’re really looking forward to working further with iStreamPlanet and being able to offer its unique service to our ever-growing community of premium content holders and publishers within our Content Hubs.
Interxion (NYSE: INXN) is a leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, serving over 1,200 customers through 28 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy-efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With connectivity provided by 350 carriers and ISPs and 20 European Internet exchanges across its footprint, Interxion has created content and connectivity hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest.
iStreamPlanet® develops and operates content creation, management, security, monetization and delivery products and services that bring media experiences to life across multiple screens by enabling content owners to create content once and deliver anywhere. This includes Over-the-Top (OTT) and TV Everywhere (TV-E) HD video delivery (live and on demand), content protection, management, monetization, rich media experiences, collaboration and analytics. Thanks to these products and services, iStreamPlanet’s customers are bringing to life and monetizing new content capabilities and services in different segments (enterprise, broadcast, film, telecom, mobile, retail), across a multitude of screens and devices (TV, PC, mobile, gaming consoles and more). The world’s top business leaders (American Express, AT&T, Caterpillar, Microsoft), trendiest music festivals (Bonnaroo, Coachella, SXSW), most popular sporting events (Masters Golf Tournament, Championships at Wimbledon, Sunday Night Football, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, NASCAR, PGA, the Kentucky Derby) and major broadcasters (CBS Television, Comcast, NBC, Turner and CTV) rely on iStreamPlanet’s digital media solutions. Founded in 2000, the privately held company is headquartered in Las Vegas, NV with offices in Scottsdale, AZ and London, UK.